Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Firefighter Memorial Honoring 9/11 Fallen Firefighters

On Dec. 16, the City of Lauderhill Firefighters unveil the newly completed Firefighters’ Memorial. The vision for the Firefighters’ Memorial began several years ago when Lauderhill Firefighters received a 700 pound remnant of steel from the World Trade Center Buildings as a donation from firefighters in New York. The steel was sent to Lauderhill as a tribute to the heroes who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The design and concept of the Firefighters’ Memorial is a result of a collaborative effort between the members of the Lauderhill Fire-Rescue Department and the City of Lauderhill’s Public Art Board and its Consultants. “In this case, creating public art is not only paying tribute to Firefighters who put their lives on the line everyday for us, it also deeply touches the heart of every American,” reveals Commissioner M. Margaret Bates, Chair of the Public Art Board. The Public Art Board’s funding comes from fees charged for building permits.

The Firefighters’ Memorial is located in front of Lauderhill’s Fire-Rescue Department Headquarters, 1980 NW 56 Avenue. “The Memorial will honor all members of the fire service who proudly served and made the ultimate sacrifice for others,” states Fire Chief Ed Curran.

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