Bricks still available for police-fire memorial

Bricks still available for police-fire memorial

CHAMPAIGN — A committee raising money for the Champaign Fire and Police Memorial in West Side Park has met its goal but still has for sale about 200 bricks that adorn the concrete apron around the memorial.

Since 2007, a committee of local volunteers, many of them wives of police and firefighters, has raised $94,000 for the almost-completed memorial, according to committee member Angela Devaney.

The first phase was dedicated in September 2010. The monument features a granite base supporting a flag pole. On the base are bronze emblems of the city of Champaign, the fire and police departments. A plaque on the front reads: "Their duty was to serve ... Our duty is to remember."

Also on the granite base are the names of the three men who have lost their lives in the line of duty to the city: firefighter Edward Hoffman, who died in 1960, and police Officers Thomas Dodsworth and Robert Tatman, who died in 1913 and 1967 respectively.

The monument in the northeast corner of the park near the corner of Church and State streets replaced one that was built in 1913. It also has in-ground lighting and a bench.

Devaney said still to come are two life-size bronze statues, one representing a firefighter and the other a police officer. They are currently being bronzed at a foundry in Utah and are expected to be installed at the memorial by next spring.

The group has sold bricks on which people can engrave names in memory of someone who has served or been supportive of the police and fire departments.

The first group of 106 bricks was installed in the summer of 2011 by volunteers from Ingram's Nursery. A second batch of 53 was installed last week by representatives of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 8. A third batch is scheduled for later this summer.

There are two sizes of bricks available, 4 inches by 8 inches and 8 inches by 8 inches that cost $100 and $200 respectively. They can be ordered at http://www.bricksrus.com/order/memorial or by sending an e-mail to fire.police.memorial@gmail.com.

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