Thursday, September 1, 2011
The Lakewood Fallen Firefighter Memorial is set to be unveiled to the community. Using two steel beams from the World Trade Center, the city has erected a permanent memorial to fallen firefighters.
To remember and honor the 343 firefighters who died on 9/11 — along with the four Lakewood firefighters who have died in the line of duty — the city of Lakewood is hosting a special ceremony on Sept. 11. The Lakewood Fallen Firefighter Memorial is set to be unveiled to the community. Using two steel beams from the World Trade Center, the city has erected a permanent memorial to fallen firefighters. The program is set to begin at Fire Station No. 1 at 14601 Madison Avenue at 9 a.m. Madison Avenue will be closed from Warren Road to Belle Avenue, as attendance is expected to spill out onto the street. Here's the schedule of events:
But you’ll have to wait to see the finished product at a special memorial service on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.
Ray Fisher just finished the “best work” of his 27-year career with the city of Lakewood. That realization came moments after he welded two rusted and torn steel beams from the World Trade Center to a permanent memorial in front of Lakewood Fire Station No. 1 on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s an honor, there’s no doubt about that,” he said. “It’s one of those goosebump things. You know you’re doing something that people are going to love and appreciate when they see it. It’s really an honor.” Fisher is one of a dozens of city employees — from departments that include public works, streets, forestry, grounds and maintenance and fire — working to complete the 9/11 memorial. The completed memorial — mounted to resemble the Twin Towers, fixed to a…
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Firefighters gather to bury time capsule; steel beams set to be unveiled Sept. 11 for special ceremony.
The new memorial at the Lakewood Fire Department is starting to take shape — just in time for a memorial ceremony set for the 10-year anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11. The pentagonal base of the memorial is set in stone. And concrete. Two beams that were once a part the World Trade Center in New York City will now be used as a memorial to honor firefighters who died on Sept. 11. Just before the last layer of concrete was poured to secure the beams, a large group of Lakewood firefighters to drop in a time capsule. Fire Marshal Tim Dunphy, who has spearheaded the memorial project, said the private service was a special occasion. “The time capsule includes both of our department patches — pardon the pun — a copy of the USA Today, the …
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Wreckage to be used as part of a permanent memorial marking the four Lakewood firefighters who died in the line of duty — along with the 344 firefighters who died on 9/11.
This morning, seven Lakewood firefighters left the city on a mission. Three of them on motorcycles and the other four in a tractor-trailer, they are headed for New York City to bring home steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center. Work is set to begin on a new memorial honoring those who died fighting fires in Lakewood — as well as the 344 firefighters who died on 9/11. However, final designs for the memorial will not be completed until the firefighters return with the steel. City and fire officials have chosen the spot of the current memorial at Fire Station No. 1 as the location for the new memorial. The project — spearheaded by Fire Marshal Tim Dunphy — was approved after a lengthy and rigorous application process. “We want to …
Monday, May 2, 2011
Local residents react to the news that U.S. forces killed Osama Bin Laden during a covert raid. What do you think?
President Barack Obama announced at 11:35 p.m. on May 1 that Osama bin Laden, the terrorist who orchestrated the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, was killed by American forces. See video and transcript of Obama's speech here. "Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan," Obama said. "A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body." Lakewood residents are talking about the historic news that Osama Bin Laden is dead. We tracked a few of them down and got their opinions.