One year after the trail fire, the widows of the four firefighters broke ground for this memorial that was dedicated in 1963 in Chub DeWolfe Park. Every year since on or about June 10th, Toledo firefighters have gathered for a “Last Alarm” ceremony to commemorate those firemen killed in the line of duty and those who have passed on.
The fire is known as the Anthony Wayne Trail fire because it occurred on that Toledo street. Wayne was born on January 1, 1745 in Paoli, Chester County, Pennsylvania to Isaac and Elizabeth Wayne. He was one of five children of a Protestant Anglo-Irish family. Wayne was educated as a surveyor and assisted in starting settlements on land that his family owned in Nova Scotia. He served in the Pennsylvania legislature from 1774–1780. Anthony Wayne married Mary Penrose in 1766 and they had two children, a daughter named Margretta who was born in 1770 and a son named Isaac Wayne who was born in 1772.
In 1792, Wayne was appointed by President George Washington to serve as commander in chief of the U.S. Army. He had a victory at the Battle of Fallen Timbers which enabled Wayne to negotiate the Treaty of Greenville. Anthony Wayne was revered as one of America’s great soldiers, and the Anthony Wayne Trail is just one of the many places named after General Wayne. Today, Wayne's skill as a military leader is tempered by a recognition that many of the Native American tribes he fought were trying to defend lands that had been guaranteed to them by previous treaties.