The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association and Phoenix Fire Department presented St. Joseph’s trauma team with a flag that previously flew over the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., and a special fire plaque, signifying the compas- sion and devotion given to Phoenix firefighters by the St. Joseph’s trauma team.
“When our officers and firefighters are brought to St. Joseph’s for medical care, we know they are in the best of hands,” said Joe Clure, president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, during the ceremony.
Located near the trauma center ambulance entrance, the new memorial wall features photos of fallen officers and firefighters.
The concept for the wall began in 2007 when Glendale Police Officer Anthony Hall was fatally shot in the line of duty and taken to St. Joseph’s for care. The staff of St. Joseph’s hung a photo of Officer Holly on a wall in the trauma room to honor his service. That photo was the beginning of a growing memorial.
The 100 Club commissioned local artist John Culbertson to design and paint a mural on the wall.
“St. Joseph’s is proud of its more than a century-long relationship with the Valley’s police and fire departments, and we are honored that these public safety organizations have instilled their trust in us to treat their beloved colleagues,” said Patty White, CEO and president of St. Joseph’s Hospital.