The estimated cost for the Firefighters Memorial, depicted here, is $300,000.

The estimated cost for the Firefighters Memorial, depicted here, is $300,000.

Rendering provided by the Troy Fire Department


Troy Firefighters Memorial picks up steam

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published August 21, 2019

 The Troy Fire Department is currently raising funds for the Firefighters Memorial, rendered here, and plans to break ground in the spring next year.

The Troy Fire Department is currently raising funds for the Firefighters Memorial, rendered here, and plans to break ground in the spring next year.

Rendering provided by the Troy Fire Department

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TROY — Plans are proceeding for a memorial to honor deceased firefighters.

“The concept is finished,” said Troy Fire Lt. Peter Hullinger. “All the building specifications are done. We hope to break ground in spring of 2020.”

The Troy Fire Department comprises a handful of paid staff and mostly volunteers who are certified by the state of Michigan, are on call 24/7 and continually train.

The city approved a site at Firefighters Park at the north end, near the lake, for the monument.

Efforts are on to raise the money to fill the gap from what the City Council has slated for the memorial — $100,000 — and the estimated cost of $300,000.

Troy Fire Chief Dave Roberts said that so far, donations have yielded approximately $35,000. The monument got two big boosts last year when Roberts accepted a $7,100 donation from 100 Women Who Care and $5,000 from the Troy Firefighters Women’s Auxiliary.

The Fire Department will raffle items to raise money for the memorial this coming October. Check the Troy Firefighters Facebook page, @TroyMIFireDept, for updates.

The Troy Fire Department and the Troy Police Department, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Troy, will swing the bat for the Battle of the Badges Troy Police vs. Troy Firefighters Charity Softball Game at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at Don Flynn Park, 1710 E. South Blvd.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. All proceeds will go to the Firefighters Memorial fund.

Donations can be made in care of the Troy Firefighters Community Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization; your donation is eligible for a tax deduction. Send donations to the Troy Firefighters Community Fund, c/o the Troy Fire Department, 500 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084.

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