Firefighters plan new memorial in Dover

Pictured is the draft drawing for the upcoming Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association memorial to be situated near Legislative Hall in Dover. (Submitted photo/DVFA)

Pictured is the draft drawing for the upcoming Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association memorial to be situated near Legislative Hall in Dover. (Submitted photo/DVFA)

DOVER — A new Delaware Fire Service Memorial is slated to be placed on the north side of Legislative Mall “sometime in 2016,” organizers said this week.

A Delaware Volunteer Firefighters’ Association committee is working with state government and private sponsors while determining a final budget for the project.

The project was unanimously approved at the end of the 147th General Assembly on June 30, 2014.
The vote was 21-0 in the Senate, 40-0 in the House of Representatives

The House Joint Resolution primarily sponsored by State Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, and Sen. Patricia Blevins, D-Elsmere, was signed by Gov. Jack Markell on July 23.

“This joint resolution dedicates and allows an area on the north side of the Legislative Mall to be used for the placement of a Delaware Fire Service Memorial to honor firefighters who lost their lives while serving the citizens of Delaware,” the resolution states.

The DVFA plans to move its current memorial from Lake Drive to Legislative Mall, and construct two walls with a flame around it, similar to the Delaware State Police Memorial across the mall from it.

While the project could cost up to $50,000, organizers are in the process of raising money from DVFA-member fire companies and businesses willing to donate labor for construction.

The memorial pays tribute to all fire service members who died in the line of duty.

It’s currently maxed out of room to add more names than the roughly 40 now, and its granite makeup is difficult and costly to alter.

A DVFA building committee will meet with the State’s Office of Management and Budget, Facilities Management, and an arborist to determine the best way to preserve existing trees and the area landscape.

“The state is backing this 100 percent,” DVFA Executive Manager Warren Jones said.

“There’s been no opposition. They’ve been very open to working with us in any way possible.”

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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