Under gorgeous blue skies, a grateful city officially began its five-month effort to erect a monument to seven firefighters who died in service to the people of Lexington.
The memorial will include the names of the seven, whose courage and sacrifice date to 1944.
Designed to stand next to and as a twin to the existing monument to the city's fallen police officers in Phoenix Park, the new monument will be of polished granite and, when finished, will be lit with an eternal flame.
Ed Moore, a retired major for the Lexington fire department, said the hope is that the project will be complete by Feb. 15. The date falls between Feb. 13 and Feb. 17, the dates of the two most recent firefighter deaths. Brenda Cowan was gunned down while rendering aid to a shooting victim on Feb. 13, 2004, and Charles "Chuck" Williams Jr. died Feb. 17, 1997, while battling a blaze in an abandoned building.
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The Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters' $250,000 fund-raising campaign for the memorial, launched in September 2008, continues. The group is selling individual bricks, that will form a Maltese cross base for the monument, for $250 each.
For information, go to www.lfdfof.org, or call (859) 264-7822.