Fire Department Challenge Coins Pay Tribute To Lost Comrades

Jesse Daugherty

Jesse Daugherty

Fire Department Challenge Coins Pay Tribute To Lost Comrades

Fire Department challenge coins are an excellent and popular way to recognize the dedication and sacrifice of firefighters throughout the nation. They are remarkable for celebrating the lives of firefighters lost in the line of duty as well.

Few non-firefighters appreciate the dangers firefighters face every time they go out on a call. From traffic accidents to wildfires, building collapses, and even explosions, the list of hazards is endless. Although many departments have an unofficial motto of “Everybody goes home," the fact is that not everybody does.

In Charleston, S.C., a 2007 fire at a furniture store and warehouse took the lives of nine firefighters.

The Yarnell Hill wildfire of 2013 in Arizona killed 19 members of an elite wildfire-fighting team.

While such tragedies garner news headlines, most line-of-duty deaths occur one at a time. They can be from stress-related heart attacks while on duty; however, the cause is irrelevant. The fact remains that the individual gives his or her life in the interest of protecting others.

Fire department challenge coins have long been a popular way of commemorating department and quad events. They can also be a great way to memorializing fallen comrades as well. St. Florian, the patron saint of firefighters worldwide, is the perfect image for such a coin.

The classic St. Florian’s Cross or Maltese Cross also are fitting, and any reputable provider of custom coins can help you create a coin that is both attractive and appropriate. Another way to use custom coins is to sell them as fundraisers.

One Michigan department is doing just that. The department is raising money to build a memorial to Comstock Township Fire Chief Edward Switalski, who was struck and killed by a car while working an accident scene near Kalamazoo on June 14, 2017. The coin design features the Comstock department’s shield on one side, and a 3D image of Switalski, in his turnout coat and helmet on the reverse. Take a look at the coin here.

When it comes to fire department challenge coins, you want a supplier that’s been in business and has a track record of satisfied customers. This is especially true for ordering memorial coins. You want a company that knows how to produce good-looking, durable coins, and will stand behind what they sell.

Here at, we have been creating challenge coins for fire departments around the world for nearly 15 years. We back up everything we sell with our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, and we will not be undersold on price.

Our talented artists are experienced and know the importance of fire department challenge coins. They are dedicated to your total satisfaction with your coins, and they pride themselves on their craftsmanship. They will gladly help you create the perfect coin to remember a fallen colleague.

Just like you, we will never forget the people we’re working for and the reasons behind the coins they order. We know your coins are important to you, and we look forward to serving all your needs for custom coins.