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IAFF Fallen Firefighters Memorial - Colorado Springs, Colorado

IAFF Fallen Firefighters Memorial

Colorado Springs, Colorado

An International Tribute – September 16, 2023

Each year, the International Association of Fire Fighters hosts a fallen firefighter memorial at the beautifully designed granite memorial wall, located in the shadow of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs. 

The memorial honors the sacrifice made by IAFF members who have given their lives in the line of duty across the US and Canada. Andy was memorialized on an international level at the 2023 memorial. Nearly 10,000 names have been engraved on the wall, his name now being one of them. His ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

California Firefighter Memorial July 30, 2022

California Firefighters Memorial

Sacramento, California

A Fitting Tribute – July 30, 2022

The California Firefighters Memorial is a unique and moving tribute to firefighters statewide who have died in the line of duty.

This beautiful memorial in Sacramento depicts the heroism of the profession and the anguish felt when a firefighter falls in the line of duty. The centerpiece of the California Firefighters Memorial is a stunning brushed limestone Memorial Wall that currently carries the names of more than 1,500 California fallen firefighters who died in the line of duty.

True Grit IPA Event

Belching Beaver Brewery’s True Grit IPA

Vista, California

February 2021, Belching Beaver Brewery in Vista, CA collaborated with the Vista Firefighters Association to launch a special beer in Andy’s honor: the “True Grit IPA”. Initially intended to raise funds for the Valenta Family, it has now become an annual fundraiser for the Andy Valenta Melanoma Foundation. 100% of the proceeds goes to the foundation!

The first event for the foundation took place May 2022, and over $14,000 was raised in just a matter of hours! Then in May 2023, the beer was relaunched, and over $7,000 went to the foundation! The event was featured in the North County Daily Star and on Channel 5 Fox News.

The Andy Valenta Melanoma Foundation is extremely grateful to everyone at the Belching Beaver Brewery! As it says on the can, “We would like to salute Andy, his wife Caylie, and his daughters Lily and Grace. Cheers today and always to the man who stood in the arena with us, who did everything with enthusiasm, and who taught every one of us what it means to live life.”

Miles for Melanoma, hosted by the Melanoma Research Foundation

Miles for Melanoma Annual Fundraiser

San Diego, California

Saturday, May 13, 2023

The Melanoma Research Foundation hosts an annual nationwide fundraiser to raise money to support melanoma research. A 5K road race is hosted in numerous cities across the country in which people can form teams to raise money, San Diego being one of those cities. 

Each year, “Team AVMF” runs in that race and raises money for this important cause.

California Firefighter Memorial July 30, 2022

Forever Remembered…

Andy Valenta’s name was eternally engraved on the memorial wall. Many friends, family, and coworkers were there in support of Andy. It was a beautiful weekend, put on by the California Fire Foundation.

“To see his name permanently engraved in the Capital of California is incredible, something that our girls can always come back to and see and tell people that their daddy’s name is in the Capital forever. It’s really special, and he absolutely deserves it. I’m so thankful that the Foundation has created it to honor him and every other firefighter for their sacrifice.”

– Caylie Valenta

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