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August 24, 2021

Statue of BFD Lt. Greg Pickard to be unveiled at 9/11 ceremony

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The sacrifice made by Bryan Fire Department Lieutenant Greg Pickard will be honored at the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial’s 9/11 Remembrance and Statue Dedication Ceremony at the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex.

Lt. Pickard was one of two firefighters who courageously gave their lives in service to the residents of Bryan and their fellow firefighters in the tragic Knights of Columbus Hall fire on Feb. 13, 2013. Lt. Eric Wallace also lost his life, and Firefighters Ricky Mantey, Jr. and Mitch Moran were severely injured in the fire.

The ceremony will honor the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and a statue of Lt. Pickard unveiled alongside a statue of police officer Brian Bachman and a special operations soldier. The life-size, bronze statues are created by artist J. Payne Lara.

Members of the public are invited to attend the ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11. All ages are welcome, and admission is free. At the ceremony, members of the BVVM Board will be dedicating a total of three statues for the War on Terror site to accompany the steel relic from the World Trade Center. The keynote speaker will be Lt. Gen. Paul Kendall Carlton, Jr.

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