News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 1, 2011

Memorial to honor firefighters killed in terrorist attacks

Staff Writer
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — A unique memorial honoring firefighters and first responders who died after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City 10 years ago will come to Terre Haute this afternoon on the City Hall lawn.

The Terre Haute Fire Department is honoring the 343 firefighters and first responders who perished during the World Trade Center attacks by displaying outdoor memorial frames bearing the names of individual firefighters who died.

Fire Chief Jeff Fisher said 50 plaques will be set up Thursday afternoon and will remain on display near the flag pole on the lawn of City Hall through Wednesday, Sept. 14. The public is invited to visit the display and pay their respects to those who lost their lives responding to the needs of others.

After the display comes down, the THFD will donate many of the frames to local organizations to use again for individual memorial markers for people in the Terre Haute area.

The memorial program was initiated by and coordinated through the Lakeville Minnesota Fire Department and is being instituted in a collaborative fashion by fire departments all over the country.  Proceeds from the program are provided to a scholarship fund for the children of fallen firefighters and first responders of the New York Fire Department. The Bravest Scholarship Fund is managed by the Uniformed Fire Officers Association of New York City, which is one of the unions represented firefighters in the New York Fire Department.

Corporate sponsorship is provided by MSA of Cranberry Township near Pittsburg and by Clear Marker Outdoor Memorial Frames. MSA provides safety products and devices for protection against hazardous or life-threatening situations.