“Shane Clifton” is now etched on a national monument to fallen firefighters, honoring the St. Paul fireman following his sudden death last year.
The 38-year-old collapsed from a heart attack while on duty at Station 14 in August 2015 after telling his colleagues he wasn’t feeling well after exercising, and later died in hospital.
On Saturday, Clifton’s former colleagues and family made the trip to Colorado where his name was among the 123 added to the International Association of Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial Wall of Honor in Colorado Springs.
According to WCCO, Clifton’s 9-year-0ld daughter received the memorial flag at the ceremony.
“Thousands of firefighters come out to stand behind the families here and say, ‘This is our firefighter, but it was their family member,'” St. Paul fire union rep Dennis Hall told the TV station. “Everything out here revolves around the family and it’s just an amazing event.”
Hall also spoke to the Pioneer Press, telling the newspaper that the past year has been hard on the father-of-two’s family, which has “struggled and mourned” since his passing.
Clifton’s name will also be added to the Minnesota Fallen Fighter Memorial on the State Capitol grounds next Sunday, as well as the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland in October, the newspaper notes.
The Minnesota Fire Service Foundation website says that 217 Minnesota firefighters have died in the line of duty since 1881.
More details on next Sunday’s service can be found here.