Wisconsin Rapids in Wood County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Assistant Chief Michael J. Kilpatrick
Dedicated to the memory of Assistant Chief Michael J. Kilpatrick, North Lake Volunteer Fire Department, North Lake, Wisconsin. Died in the line-of-duty October 7, 2004.
And all Wisconsin firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to their communities.
Metalwork provided through the efforts of family, friends, and members of the North Lake Volunteer Fire Department.
The Final Alarm Bell Ceremony
The men and women of today's fire service are confronted with a more dangerous work environment than ever before. We are forced to continually change our strategies and tactics to accomplish our tasks.
Our methods may change, but our goals remain the same as they were in the past, to save lives and to protect property, sometimes at a terrible cost. This is what we do, this is our chosen profession, this is the tradition of the fire fighter.
The fire service of today is ever changing, but is steeped in traditions 200 years old. One such tradition is the sound of a bell.
In the past, as fire fighters began their tour of duty, it was the bell that signaled the beginning of that day's shift. Throughout the day and night, each alarm was sounded by a bell, which summoned these brave souls to fight fires and to place their lives in jeopardy for the good of their fellow citizen. And when the fire was out and the alarm had come to an end, it was the bell that signaled to all the completion of that call. When a fire fighter had died in the line of duty, paying the supreme sacrifice, it was the mournful toll of the bell that solemnly announced a comrade's passing.
We utilize these traditions as symbols, which reflect honor and respect on those who have given so much and who have served so well. To symbolize the devotion that these brave souls had for their duty, a special signal of three rings, three times each, represents the end of our comrades' duties and that they will be returning to quarters. And so, to those who have selflessly given their lives for the good of their fellow man, their tasks completed, their duties well done, to our comrades, their last alarm, they are going home.
Location. 44° 22.463′ N, 89° 50.923′ W. Marker is in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, in Wood County. Marker can Touch for map. Marker is at the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial in Ben Hanson Park. Marker is in this post office area: Wisconsin Rapids WI 54495, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Great Pine (within shouting distance of this marker); Centralia Pulp and Paper Mill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Myron "Grim" Natwick (approx. 1.4 miles away); Wood County Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); John Edwards Jr. Office Building (approx. 1½ miles away); Corenso North America (approx. 1.6 miles away); “The Iron Horse in Grand Rapids” (approx. 1.7 miles away); Winnebago Indians (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wisconsin Rapids.
Regarding Assistant Chief Michael J. Kilpatrick. Assistant Chief Michael J. Kilpatrick suffered a heart attack while providing standby services at the Stone Bank Volunteer Fire Department, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.
Also see . . . Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial. (Submitted on February 9, 2008.)
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