FDNY Memorial Wall

FDNY Memorial Wall, public art, New York City, Joseph Petrovics

Public Art : FDNY Memorial Wall

Sculptor: © Joseph Petrovics

Design: Joseph A. Oddi (Rambusch Company)

Description: A 56ft long and 6ft high, 7,000lb bronze bas relief bolted to the side of the Ladder 10 firehouse, in memory of the 343 New York City firefighters (and Glenn J. Winuk) who gave their lives during the September terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. The central panel shows the towers on fire after the second plane had hit the south tower. The panels on either side show various scenes during that fateful day including firefighters holding hoses, washing their faces at a fire hydrant, a fireboat on the Hudson and a firefighter reaching skywards. Beneath the scene are the names of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives. Next to the mural is a plaque dedicated to Glenn Winuk who was at the time a young partner at the Holland and Knight offices who rushed out to volunteer his services and in doing so made the supreme sacrifice. 

Date Unveiled: The memorial was unveiled on the 10th of June, 2006. In attendance were former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, representatives of the many FDNY firehouses, families of the 343 firefighters, Howell Melton (Holland & Knight managing partner), Milton Fischberger (FDNY Deputy Fire Commissioner) and the Holland & Knight family and fiends. George W Bush, Governor George Pataki of New York and Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke remotely at the dedication.

Funded By: The memorial was a collaboration between the New York City Fire Department and the Holland & Knight Law firm through the Holland $ Knight Charitable Foundation..

Cost : $530,000

Cast : Bidi-Makky art Foundry (Brooklyn)

Location: The memorial can be found at 10 House the home of the FDNY Ladder Company 10 and Engine Company 10, across from the World Trade Center on Liberty Street, Manhattan, New York.

Inscription:

Dedicated to those who fell and to those who carry on. May we never forget


Background : Following the aftermath of September 11th Cheryl Starer, who was a volunteer, suggested that ice be used for cold compresses to combat burning eyes for rescue workers . For about a month 20 tons of ice was being delivered free of charge daily to ground zero thanks to the generosity of Nuzzolese Brothers Ice, Diamond Ice Cube and Maplewood Ice. However after a month some payment was required, so an ice fund was set up. When the need for ice was no longer required Holland & Knight suggested the money from the unused ice fund be used as a lasting tribute to the firefighters of New York City. Originally the money was going to be used to purchase a new fire truck but the memorial committee were persuaded by fire officials to use the funds to erect a fitting memorial.

Website: www.fdnytenhouse.com

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