Being able to pay tribute and celebrate the spirit, courage, and service of Portland firefighters - past, present, and future - is an honor. Lone Fir Cemetery carries on this valued tradition by setting aside an area for citizens to go to recognize and honor fallen and passed Portland firefighters.
Lone Fir Cemetery, located in the heart of Southeast Portland at SE 26th and SE Stark Street, is a 30 acre arboretum owned and maintained by Metro. It was established in the early 1800’s to recognize some of Portland’s most prominent first residents including veterans, firefighters, and asylum patients.
In order to recognize the lives of firefighters across the city, Colburn Barrell, one of the original owners of the cemetery, deeded the Portland Fire Department a 100 feet by 100 feet square lot within the cemetery. This area known as the “Firemen’s Plot” has a rose garden with a flagpole at its center, and is uniquely decorated with the pride of each fire company. There are about 130 firefighters laid to rest here, including 13 line of duty deaths. This area is a powerful demonstration of the dedication of men and women who have served in our city.
Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) is appreciative of this recognition to the individuals who have served our city.
Blog courtesy of PF&R Summer Intern Jessica Budge.
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