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Last Saturday, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center hosted Firefighter's Day, an event organized to celebrate and recognize the local and regional men and women inside the big red trucks.

In addition to a barbeque fundraiser that generated support for the Fallen Firefighters Fund, curator Michael De Marsch presented local fire departments with a plaque, to be signed by renowned artist Peter Max when he returns to his successful retrospective, currently on display at the FAC.

The American Heroes portion of Max's exhibit, which pays tribute to the firemen killed on September 11, continues to humble visitors with its vibrantly colored yet stark portraits.

Local firefighter and paramedic Scott Reiman (pictured) toured the Max exhibit for the second time on Saturday, describing his visit as equally impacting as the first.

"We didn't know those guys directly, but we had the chance to meet their families when they visited the Firefighter Memorial here in 2002," said Reiman. "It means a lot to us to have the exhibit here."

Peter Max's work will be on display through April 23. The artist will give a lecture on Friday, April 7, at 6 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St.

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