The 100 Club of RI presented a $50,000 check to the RIAFC Foundation and the RI association of Fire Chiefs at the 100 Club annual dinner. The money is in support of the building of the RI Firefighter Memorial, located at the entrance of the RI Fire Academy. The project has been spearheaded, and is being built by the RIAFC Foundation and the RI Association of Fire Chiefs.
100 Club president Jim Grundy (right) and vice president Joe Terino (left) presented the check to RIAFC Foundation president, Chief Tim Walsh, Chief Scott Kettelle, RIAFC board member and project chairman, and Chief Rick Susi, Ret., RIAFC Executive Director.
The project is currently under construction with footings and foundation already completed. The area has been backfilled and two large dead trees in close proximity have been removed. The bronze centerpiece statue is being crafted with delivery expected in July. Bronze inlays as well as a 25foot detailed Maltese cross at the center of the plaza have also been ordered, with similar delivery dates.
Over $50,000 worth of personalized memorial pavers have been ordered and will be installed in the plaza by summers end, when the bulk of the project is expected to be completed. A dedication ceremony is tentatively scheduled for October 26, 2019.
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There are still multiple ways to support the project by both personal and corporate contributions. For example, Bronze plaques are being placed at the base of each of the five flagpoles recognizing their sponsors. Other plaques will recognize in kind donations of contractors donating their services during construction, as well as specific personalized memorials. If you have any questions how you can be a part of the first RI State Firefighters Memorial, please contact Chief Rick Susi at 401-692-0795 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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