Statue, plot dedicated to fallen firefighters, rescuers in Baltimore

June 14, 1998

Nearly an acre of land and a bronze statue memorializing Frank Edwin Welsh Sr., one of the city's first volunteer firefighters, were dedicated yesterday morning near his grave at Loudon Park Cemetery as a place to honor fallen firefighters and rescue workers.

Welsh, who operated a jewelry, silver and importing business, volunteered with the First Baltimore Hose Company in the 1800s, when the city had no paid firefighters.

Through an effort by the Fire Department, cemetery officials and Welsh family members, graves and services will be provided free to those killed in the line of duty.

"My granddad loved being a firefighter," said Jane Welsh Russell of Kilmarnock, Va., who attended the dedication. "It was just one of our aims to honor his life. This way, it's something we could do not just for him, but also for the city of Baltimore."

Pub Date: 6/14/98

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