Ontario Construction News staff writer
The City of St. Catharines broke ground on a Fallen Firefighters Memorial Oct. 26.
Construction is expected to be completed in early 2023 and the memorial will honour full-time members of St. Catharines Fire Service who have fallen in the line of duty, and volunteer firefighters who fell in service prior to 1919 when the St. Catharines Professional Firefighters Association Local 485 was formed.
The site is in a prominent downtown area, a parkette bordered by Race, Carlisle, and McGuire streets.
“The Firefighters Memorial Task Force is excited to celebrate as we begin construction on this important monument that will honour St. Catharines fallen firefighters,” said task force chair Barry Katzman. “We’ve been working diligently for well over a year raising funds and we believe with the outpouring of support we continue to receive from the community that we will soon reach our goal.”
Other memorial elements can be customized such as benches and trees, or businesses and individuals can secure a place on the donor wall. Individuals are also welcome to donate any amount they wish without purchasing a specific element.
Memorial elements can be purchased, and donations can be made online at stcatharines.ca/FirefightersMemorial.