Clifton’s protective gear as well as photos adorn the Firefighter Zachary D. Clifton Memorial Library. The library was dedicted to Clifton’s honor during a small, private ceremony Thursday afternoon. L&T photo/Jessica Crawford
By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Leader & Times
On June 2, 2006, firefighter Zachary Clifton was tragically killed in a vehicle accident en route to his wedding. Five years later, to the day, the Liberal Fire Department unveiled the Firefighter Zachary D. Clifton Memorial Library at the South Fire Station.
“As you are aware, one of our own was tragically taken from us on June 2, 2006, firefighter Zachary Clifton was killed in a car accident on the way to his wedding,” Deputy Fire Chief Skeety Poulton noted in a recent memo to the Liberal City Commission. “His family graciously asked friends and family to make contributions to the Zach Clifton Memorial Fund in care of the Liberal Fire Department. A total of $4,390 was donated to this fund.”
Poulton noted conversations with Clifton’s family concluded a library of safety materials for firefighters would well suit Clifton’s memory and make excellent use of the funds contributed.
“A library was then chosen as the best way to utilize these funds so that firefighters could further educate themselves with emphasis on safety,” Poulton noted. “Shelving has been donated and we currently have a computer dedicated to training located in this room. We already had a large collection of study materials on hand; however, these books and DVDs will concentrate on topics that we currently do not have. The family has been notified of our intentions and they are completely supportive of this purchase.”
Thursday, a private dedication of the Firefighter Zachary D. Clifton Memorial Library was conducted at the South Fire Station. The public was later invited to an open house.