Longpre and Perkins have held yearly memorial services since 1992, and will hold a service at the dedication Sunday.
Steve King, who has worked with the firefighters on this project since 2006, said the memorial is unique because it is the only multi-jurisdictional firefighter memorial nationwide. It will serve Butler, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and Warren counties.
There are 67 names on the memorial, King said, going back to the 1800s.
“I hope we never have to add any more names to the memorial,” Longpre said. “But, sadly, that is part of the job. Not everybody comes home.”
Longpre added that the sculpture for the memorial is unique. It was chosen by a juried arts competition in 2007.
“It’s not a literal rendering,” he said. “It is not the typical bronze sculpture of a firefighter holding a child, or a pair of fire boots and helmet. You can show it to 20 different people and get 20 different interpretations.”
The artwork is by local artist Jon Barlow Hudson, who King said has artwork displayed in 24 countries — including in Olympic Park in Beijing.
The location was chosen after sites at Sinclair Community College, RiverScape and Carillon Park fell through.