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GALLERY: Lanoka Harbor Fire Department Breaks Ground On 9/11 Memorial

The fire department plans to have the memorial completed in time for their 9/11 ceremony

The continues to construct its 9/11 memorial.

The memorial, which will incorporate a piece of steel from the World Trade Center, will be completed just in time for the fire department's unveiling ceremony on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

“We hope it will be a place of reflection so we don’t forget,” said Jerry Pepin, President of the fire department.

The memorial will have two 6-foot-tall black granite towers connected by the 4-foot steel beam. An American flag will be draped over the beam. There will also be a waterfall flowing over another piece of granite with the number 343 engraved, the number of New York City firefighters who lost their lives on that tragic day.

A paver walkway will be laid in front of the memorial with two benches. Residents can purchase pavers for the walkway with a message or dedication engraved on the stone.

The fire department is enlisting the help of local businesses and residents, as they want this memorial to be community driven, Pepin said.

The memorial will cost from $5,000 to $7,000 dollars. The fire company is continuing to fundraise for the project and is asking for community support in the form of money, time, trades or skills.

On Saturday, Aug. 13, three local bussinessman volunteered their time. Steve Rizzo of Smokey's Chimney Sweep, Dan Inglis of Lanoka Electric, and Ricky Cacoilo of AJR Construction assisted in the construction of the memorial.

"I'm here just to give back. For the people who lost their lives and memorialize them," Inglis said.

Those interested in purchasing a paver, donating funds, or helping with the memorial can call the firehouse at 609-693-4998.

Charles J. Giles August 16, 2011 at 11:23 AM
Richard, Focus on all the positive you have done. You have assisted 100's of Responders as well as I have. We did what we did 10 yrs ago out of our hearts. There are those that do not respect we 9/11 1st Responders. To Them I say Shame!
mom-mom August 16, 2011 at 07:33 PM
So what is the problem with the wonderful time donated by the members of a fire company who spend so many hours protecting our town also donating there talents that they are trained and have a business with for such a worthy cause. I applaud them!!!
the trueth August 16, 2011 at 07:41 PM
I think its wonderful thing they are doing and honoring those lost on that day if u in fact are victim from 9/11 y wouldn't them to honor u and all that were lost I think there is more to the story then what you are telling us Mr. Skinner
JOHNNY Done it August 17, 2011 at 03:30 AM
I am sure there is more to the story than what u are telling. sound like u have personal issue ..I appluad all emergency services in this or any town Remembering that terrible day...Most of the those responders are not here with us .That is were the focus should be.. And those in New York still serving its citizens . and those who cannot anymore......
Michael Glenn August 17, 2011 at 03:47 AM
Rich you need to stop. You are above ground and have your life ahead of you. I know many people who dont have that luxury. You know my story already, and I am just thankful to be here. You should concentrate your energy in moving forward, not looking back Mike Glenn
Ann August 17, 2011 at 12:50 PM
Mr. Skinner - it is horrible that you take the efforts of these volunteers and try to turn this around about YOU. As Mr. Glenn stated you have your life and so many do not. Stop your ranting and get on with your life. i think your comments should be removed from this site
Donna August 17, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Always always drama skinner. Get over it.
the trueth August 17, 2011 at 04:31 PM
From what I have read it sound like they got rid of you because of your mental instabilities not because they didn't like you
Donna August 17, 2011 at 04:49 PM
I agree with that. You obviously have issues
Silver dollar August 17, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Richard Skinner August 17, 2011 at 05:06 PM
yes, I am done and respect that. Thank You and God Bless You..
the trueth August 17, 2011 at 05:43 PM
My point exactly why would they give u all of these awards and portion if they didn't like u I still there is more then u are telling us
the trueth August 17, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Sorry positions


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