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Hartsville Fire Company to Create 9/11 Memorial

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

By Jesse Reilly
The Public Spirit/Globe Times Chronicle

(HartsvilleFC.org)

Every year members of the Hartsville Fire Company hold a memorial to remember those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

They line the lawn in front of the fire house with 343 flags, one for each New York City firefighter who died responding to the tragedy. The fire company also holds an evening ceremony where each name is read and the flags are collected.

Now, as the 10th anniversary approaches, Ed Pfeiffer, president of the fire company, said he and the members of the fire company are close to getting a more permanent memorial.

“We don’t ever want to forget those guys,” Pfeiffer said.

The idea to create a permanent memorial came to the president while he was traveling about a year after the attack.

“I was in Alaska and the local newspaper ran a story about what the local fire companies were doing to remember the event,” he said. “And I thought that was something we really needed to get involved in.”

And its community support and good energy that have gotten Pfeiffer and the company close to the finish line. They are hoping to have the memorial up by Sept.11 this year.

He estimates the monument will cost between $25,000 and $50,000 — an amount he is hopeful they will be able to raise through the sale of bracelets and bricks that will line a path to the memorial.

“I think we can do it,” he said, adding that a mailer asking for community support will be sent to more than 4,000 residents within the week.

The company has already sold 700 bracelets and students at the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology have already offered to work on the monument’s design and lay the brick pathway.

“There’s been a lot of enthusiasm,” he said.

Even though they are less than a year away from a hopeful unveiling, there are only concept designs because the company is waiting on one major piece — some of the steel from the World Trade Center that will serve as the center of the monument.

Hartsville was one of more than 1,000 fire departments across the country to apply for a piece of the steel, and, because they unsure how big it will be, cannot create a definitive design.

Although they’ve been on a waiting list for about seven months, Pfeiffer said things are in the works and he has received correspondence that makes it seem like things are moving forward.

Although Bucks County may seem far from New York, Pfeiffer said in the community of firefighters there is a brotherhood.

“Those guys who gave the ultimate sacrifice were just doing their jobs,” he said. “It’s was a tragedy and we all feel a certain way about it, it’s something that’s always on our minds and something we want to do to always remember.”

For more information on the monument or to purchase a brick or bracelet, call the fire company at 215-672-9242.

Republished with the permission of The Public Spirit/Globe Times Chronicle

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