Dollywood unveils monument dedicated to firefighters

Dollywood unveils monument dedicated to firefighters

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"Millions of people will see this monument. Millions of folks will hopefully take a moment to take pause to think about and recognize the folks that do all this phenomenal work to keep us all safe," said Ross. "Millions of people will see this monument. Millions of folks will hopefully take a moment to take pause to think about and recognize the folks that do all this phenomenal work to keep us all safe," said Ross.
"People don't really understand sometimes what the firefighters do you know we're running towards danger. With 70 percent of the firefighters being volunteer you know it's very very important that people understand what they do," said Watson. "People don't really understand sometimes what the firefighters do you know we're running towards danger. With 70 percent of the firefighters being volunteer you know it's very very important that people understand what they do," said Watson.
They spent the past few weeks traveling the state getting firefighter signatures to help create the monument. They spent the past few weeks traveling the state getting firefighter signatures to help create the monument.
By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - Dollywood officials recognized International Firefighters Day Sunday with a new monument and dedication ceremony in front of their newest attraction, the Fire Chaser Express.

They spent the past few weeks traveling the state getting firefighter signatures to help create the monument.

It started with a new ride, but Dollywood officials say there needed to be more.

"We don't just build rides here. We like to tell a story, so we're telling that story but we're also providing some recognition and some inspiration for the folks that put their lives on the line every day," said Craig Ross, President of the Dollywood Company.

The Fire Chaser Express hit the tracks for the first time earlier this year, but work did not stop there.

The park unveiled a monument Sunday dedicated to firefighters that they have been working on since the ride opened.

"Millions of people will see this monument. Millions of folks will hopefully take a moment to take pause to think about and recognize the folks that do all this phenomenal work to keep us all safe," said Ross.

Dollywood officials say it was really important to them to recognize firefighters not only from this area but throughout the state and throughout history.

They brought in firefighters from throughout the state to be a part of this ceremony.

"Myself being a second generation firefighter, there was not really a question what I was going to do. It was in my blood you know and so to see this and firefighters getting to be able to come here and enjoy that, that's exciting," said Tony Watson with the Pigeon Forge Fire Department.

It is a little recognition all the firefighters there Sunday say they are honored to have.

"People don't really understand sometimes what the firefighters do you know we're running towards danger. With 70 percent of the firefighters being volunteer you know it's very very important that people understand what they do," said Watson.

Dollywood officials made a tour across the state they called the heroes tour, and they had four fire hoses signed by 1,300 firefighters from all across the state to add to the monument.

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