On October 8th, 2002, over 200 firefighters and area residents gathered at the Grand Rapids Fire Station for the unveiling and dedication of the Fire Chiefs' Memorial. This memorial includes the memorial with the names of former GRVFD Fire Chiefs engraved on it; as well as a permanent flag pole installation.
The memorial and flag pole was donated to the Fire Department by the Blanchard family, in memory of their husband and father, Glen Blanchard. A flag was also donated by the family in honor of all past chiefs.
The site prep work, concrete forming and finishing were completed by Grand Rapids Firefighters. The memorial was engraved and installed by Johnson Memorials, LLC, from Chippewa Falls, WI.