San Diego Firefighter Creates 9/11 Memorial - Unique Sculpture Inscribed With Names of All Fallen First Responders

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San Diego firefighter donated his time and services to designing a permanent 9/11 memorial inscribed with the names of the 430 emergency first responders who lost their lives. Standing over four feet tall, two aluminum columns, etched with the names, and a steel beam from the Twin Towers will be located in front of Fire Station 21 in Pacific Beach. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders will be in attendance.

San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation

San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation

A firefighter with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department has designed a 9/11 memorial that will be unveiled at a special ceremony on September 9, 2011, at Fire Station 21 in Pacific Beach.

Firefighter Tim Swanson, who works at Fire Station 21, donated his time and services to designing the unique memorial that pays homage to the 430 emergency first responders who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Other materials and labor were donated by Barnhart Balfour Beatty, Industrial Metal Supply, KMA Architecture and La Jolla Stone Etching.

Standing over four feet tall, the two polished aluminum columns – replicas of the Twin Towers – are inscribed with the names of each emergency first responder. A 250 pound piece of steel from the World Trade Center will be prominently displayed in between.

The memorial will be unveiled at a special ceremony on Friday, September 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Fire Station 21 in Pacific Beach. Retired FDNY Lieutenant Joe Torrillo, known as the 344th firefighter, will be the special guest speaker at the event. Also in attendance will be Mayor Jerry Sanders, Fire Chief Javier Mainar, and other city leaders, firefighters, and representatives from the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that is funding the memorial.

Memorial Details:
Fire Station 21
750 Grand Avenue
San Diego, CA 92109
Friday, September 9, 2011
10:30 a.m.

The event is free and open to the public, however, guests are being asked to register at http://www.sdfirerescue.org.

Representatives from the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation welcome the opportunity to further discuss the memorial and fundraising efforts in interviews or media appearances.  To make arrangements, please contact Wendy Robinson, 619.410.4742 or wendy(at)sdfirerescue(dot)org.

Started in 2006, the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity founded by former firefighters and dedicated community leaders to help provide the unmet equipment and training needs of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Their mission is to raise the funds necessary to obtain the essential equipment, technology and training required to keep the citizens and property of San Diego and the surrounding region safe from the ravages of fire, natural disasters, and unforeseen injury or illness. The Foundation is designed to accept donations, on behalf of the community, to provide direct support to the work of the Fire-Rescue Department.

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