Hummel had the opportunity to show the renderings of the Wildland Firefighter Memorial Park at The 134th Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Gala. Hummel and the Wildland Firefighter Foundation have been working together on this concept to raise money to build the park, which will be a place of peace for the families who have lost their loved ones. The memorial aligns with the Foundation’s vision to assist families of firefighters killed in the line of duty, and who are injured.
If fundraising efforts are successful, the park will be located in Boise. As you enter the park, you will immediately see the creeks merging into two lakes, and a large waterfall at the very end. By seeing moving water, people naturally trace the source of of the creeks. Big boulders and pine trees will surround the path and will lead to the waterfall or to small private ponds. Through the sensory of the waterfalls, individual ponds, and creeks, it is hoped that the families of the fallen and survivors will have a place to ease their pain and loss.
The renderings used at the Gala had served as the background for keynote guest Brendan McDonough, the lone survivor of the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire and author of My Lost Brothers: The Untold Story of the Yarnell Hill Fire’s Lone Survivor. McDonough’s story and the group of firefighters known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots has inspired the film Only The Brave, in theaters October 20. Click here to see the trailer.