Phoenix city employees who died on the job remembered

- City of Phoenix leaders took some Thursday to remember its workers who died in the line of duty.

Phoenix is one of the few cities in the country that honors its fallen colleagues with a permanent public memorial and an annual ceremony.

"I want to make a challenge to each of us to take a moment to remember the 82 names that are etched inside our memorial," said Mayor Greg Stanton.

A memorial service on Thursday honored all 82 City of Phoenix employees who lost their lives in the line of duty. Among those remembered at the Orpheum Theater were fire captain Crystal Rezzonico, who died after an eight-year battle from injuries sustained on-duty.

"Crystal was a personal friend of mine," said Shelly Jamison, an Assistant Chief with the Phoenix Fire Department. "She was truly a firefighter's firefighter."

The Phoenix Fire Pipe and Drums, and the Phoenix Police and Phoenix Fire Honor Guards remembered the fallen with a processional march to the City Memorial, where the names of all 82 employees are etched into the bricks of a 1994 public art project.

Phoenix is one of the few cities to honor its fallen employees this way.

"Phoenix takes pride in being one of the few municipalities to honor its employees with a permanent memorial and annual ceremony," said Mayor Stanton.

"I think its important the public realizes that sometimes, we get lost in the politics, budgets, numbers," said Jamison. "Bottom line, we are humans, behind every single one of these roles."

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