About the Park
The Rocky Mount-Franklin County First Responders Memorial Park was an idea that was envisioned after two of our Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department members lost their life in a tragic accident while responding to a structure fire in Franklin County, Virginia. This very special project is and has been a joint effort between our Town and County.
Several members of our County's Emergency Services community, as well as local government employees and community leaders met together to coordinate a plan to honor our First Responder Community that serves us each and every day. It was noted at that time that our area has lost several police officers, fire fighters, and EMS providers, due to line of duty deaths. The idea to develop a memorial park for all our first responders was subsequently conceived. The thought was to say "Thank You" to those that have given their lives while providing service as a first responder, but also to recognize those that have served and continue to serve our great community.
A Memorial Park Commission was then appointed by both the Town of Rocky Mount and Franklin County for the purpose of designing a park, construction of the park, as well as maintenance of the park. The park commission went to work and met with an engineering firm to finalize the design of the park. The park construction started shortly thereafter. The Park Commission applied for and was given a 501-3c Non-profit IRS status. This has helped to allow donations to be tax deductible.
Every year in October, the Park Commission sponsors a community event for our First Responders. It is our intention to let everyone know how important our First Responders are to us, and to let them know how much we appreciate and support them.
Please stop by our park! Walk around and enjoy the peace and solitude that you will find there. While you are there, also give thanks for those First Responders that we might see often, but inadvertently forget to thank for their service.
The work continues, but the park is a shining example of how great things can happen when people work together!