Richmond Township Fire Protection District
5601 Hunter Drive,  Richmond, Illinois 60071 
Phone: 815-678-3672
FAX 815-678-2042
In an Emergency Call  9 - 1 - 1
Rick M. Gallas - Fire Chief
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Richmond Firefighter's Association
Finish Firefighter Memorial

November 7, 2014


After years of fundraising work and savings by the firefighters of the Richmond Firefighters Association, Phase 1 of their Fallen Firefighter Memorial project surrounding fire station's electronic sign on the front lawn is complete.  The project's scope is to honor the fallen firefighters who lost their lives at the Twin Towers on 9-11, and also to remember the many men and women who have served our community as firefighters of the Richmond Township Fire Protection District.  


The firefighters have been saving up for this project for eight plus years.  Every month they make personal contributions to their fund, which they also supplement by their annual AFFF Bike Ride & Pig Roast fundraiser.  2014 marked the eighth year for the event.  It took quite a bit of time to save up enough money to start the project, as it was funded 100% by the firefighters and the firefighter association. 

Phase 1 of the work includes a cement /paver brick patio area and walk way around the electronic sign. A life-sized statue of a firefighter sits atop a brick pier that sits alongside the sign.  The firefighter statue faces Route 12 to serve as a reminder for all who pass by it, of the sacrifices that were made that fateful day of September 11, 2001 at the Twin Towers, and by today’s firefighters who continue to risk their lives every day to help others. 

A planter box is located under the electronic sign for annual plantings of flowers.  In the spring, the firefighters will dress the area up further with perennial flowers planted around the memorial area and add park benches around the patio area.   A dedication ceremony is planned for late spring 2015.  At some point in the future, the names of those who have served our community as a firefighter will be etched into the paver bricks around the sign.  And an area has been set aside for the community to purchase bricks to remember their loved ones as well.


In Phase 2, it is the hope of the firefighters that they will be able to afford to add 2 granite memorial stones and a fire bell to the memorial area.   They are also trying to secure a piece from one of the actual Twin Towers, which would be incorporated into a fountain/reflection area. 

Richmond Fire Chief Rick Gallas stated, “knowing how hard our firefighters worked to save and raise these funds over a period of years on their own, to construct such a worthy project for our community and the fire service as a whole, speaks loudly about the character of the men and women who serve our Richmond community today as present day firefighters, medics and EMT's.  I am very proud of their efforts and their support of the Richmond Township Fire Protection District.”

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