Texas sculptor, Edd Hayes has recieved the honor of being named by The Texas Legislature as The Official Texas State Sculptor. The honor was bestowed, based on the scope of the artist's total work along with attention to his portrayal of the history and rich heritage of Texas. Other factors include the artists' involvement with community , civic and charitable organizations. Hayes is best known for his monumental sculpture such as "Wild and Free" at the Houston Astrodome and "The Champ" in front of The Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado.
"A Breath of Valor" Bronze Sculpture by Edd Hayes
A BREATH OF VALOR
Tribute to Firefighters
Limited Edition of 8
Size: life-size - 77" tall x 42" wide x 48" deep
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Baytown Fire Fighter Memorial Unveiled
The City of Baytown honored the sacrifices of its fallen firefighters with the unveiling of "A Breath of Valor," Saturday, May 16, 2009, at 3 p.m. at the City's Bicentennial Park, 1001 Market Street. The public joined City officials and past and present members of the Baytown Fire Department as they dedicated the beautiful and touching tribute to our local heroes.
The life-sized bronze statue, which stands 77" tall, and depicts a firefighter carrying a young child to safety, was ensconced on a granite base inscribed with the names of three Baytown Firefighters killed in the line of duty: Charles Williamson (July 25, 1955), Henry Rowe (December 30, 1975), and Nito Guajardo (December 20, 2004). The memorial was dedicated "in tribute to those who gave all." The path leading to the memorial contains commemorative pavers donated by supporters of both the memorial itself, and of the Baytown Fire Department. The Memorial design and funding was a joint effort of the City of Baytown, the Baytown Professional Firefighters Association Local 1173 and the Baytown Life Safety Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to life safety initiatives in Baytown.
"The Fallen Firefighter Memorial is a monument to the spirit, commitment, and sacrifice of those firefighters who gave their lives in the line of duty," said Fire Chief Shon Blake. "We hope it will give the citizens of Baytown a place to honor these firefighters and inspire young men and women to follow in their brave footsteps."
The sculpture is the work of artist Edd Hayes, whose work includes "The Champ," a 27 ft. tall bronze statue of Rodeo Superstar Casey Tibbs, located at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum in Colorado Springs; "Wild and Free," located next to Reliant Stadium; "The Struggle - Man and Energy", at Energy Plaza in Houston; and "Aggie Spirit, The Tradition Lives," in College Station. In 1999 Hayes was recognized and honored by his home state when the Texas State Senate and 76th Legislature named Edd Hayes as Official Texas State Sculptor.
This special news segment features video footage of the memorial ceremony. The end of the video captured firefighters responding to a call that came in during the Memorial ceremony.
Official unveiling and dedication of the Baytown Firefighter's Memorial, May 16, 2009, Baytown, Texas.
Life is full of storms. They may be in the form of a great challenge or an unexpected hardship, many times they can be almost more than we can bear, even life-threatening. This is when the human spirit calls on us to fight back, push on, and you will overcome. Never, never, never give up, no matter how great the odds against you, press on, persevere, you can win, you can weather the storm.
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