Fallen firefighters memorial complete, dedication in March

      LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) George Curlin of Pine Bluff has seen his son's name etched on memorials honoring fallen firefighters in Colorado and Maryland, and he's looking forward to seeing it a little closer to home in the state where he died doing what he loved.

      On March 22, a dedication will be held for the new $1.2 million Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the state Capitol grounds.

      About 3,000 people are expected to attend, including Curlin and relatives of several of the fallen. Curlin's son, David, was a lieutenant and 14-year veteran of the Pine Bluff Fire Department when he was critically injured on Jan. 3, 2010, when a wall fell on him while fighting a structure fire in that southeastern Arkansas city.

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