To honor those who serve and those who have served the Culver-Union Township Fire Department, the department is erecting an Honor Wall located on the corner of Lake Shore Drive and State Street. The wall aims to honor local firefighters but it needs the community’s support in order to have the bricks made to honor each firefighter.
Bricks for active and former firefighters can be purchased by individuals but are limited to one brick per active member or honoree. In addition, the department has established a number of criteria that must be met.
Dave Cooper, the department’s secretary-treasurer, told WKVI that the Honor Wall idea was inspired by some recent events.
“The whole context is just to honor the guys that have served on the Culver Fire Department since its inception in 1903. The whole context behind it is just to make sure we have their names somewhere to honor them and their years and years of service. I think the idea came mostly from the recent past that we’ve lost our previous fire chief, Lance Overmyer, and our previous secretary-treasurer Bill Snyder who were just really an integral part of the fire department for several years,” said Cooper.
Cooper said the department came up with the idea and met with Kevin Berger at Easterday Construction to have the original design drawn up. Now, he said, those who put their lives on the line to keep others safe as part of their duties as a firefighter can be honored.
“The intent now is that we’ll have a spot for all the current firefighters to have their name on a brick with the date of when they joined the fire department, and when they get off the fire department, they’ll be able to take that brick and we’ll be able to change and put one into the surrounding area that has their name and years of service,” Cooper said.
For more information, contact Cooper at (574) 952-2809 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.