COLLEGE STATION — The names of former Spanish Fire School instructor Jose Curioca and eight other American guest instructors will be etched in stone Wednesday, July 14, along with a moment of silence for the four Venezuelan firefighters who died en route to this year’s 38th Annual Spanish Fire Training School.
The Guest Instructor Memorial Wall at the world-renowned Brayton Fire Training Field honors the late guest instructors who have taught during the Spanish, Industrial and Municipal Fire Schools throughout the years.
Instructors’ names are engraved in the granite wall, giving lasting memory to those who dedicated at least 10 years to training firefighters each summer. Over the years, many of these instructors used vacation time and paid their own expenses to train their emergency response counterparts.
“The memorial wall honors the guest instructors who donated their time and talent to build the reputation of this fire school throughout the world. It is fitting that we pay tribute to these outstanding individuals and honor them for their lasting contributions,” said Chief Les Bunte, director of the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s Emergency Services Training Institute. “The world’s fire service is better because of them.
“We believe this is also a time to memorialize the Venezuelan students who died while traveling to the fire school,” Bunte said. “We honor them and give our utmost respect to their families and firefighter comrades within Venezuela and throughout the world.”
A spray of flowers and a moment of silence for the deceased Venezuelan students will be presented during the Instructor Memorial Service.
Tentative plans are underway for additional remembrances during the 643-student graduation ceremony and banquet, attended by over 140 guest instructors, on Thursday, July 15, at 7 p.m. at Texas A&M University’s Reed Arena.