Cleveland Fire Fighters Memorial

Cleveland Fire Fighters Memorial Relocation / Enhancement Project

The Cleveland Fire Fighters' Memorial Fund is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization formed in 1993 for the sole purpose of replacing the current Fire Fighter Memorial located in Cleveland's Willard Park at East 9th & Lakeside Avenue. This Memorial was dedicated on October 12, 1965, commemorating the 76 Cleveland Fire Fighters who have given their lives in the line of duty since 1863. It is our goal to replace the current memorial with one more recognizable and representative of the dangers facing today's fire fighters, while at the same time honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Cleveland.

The Trustees and Executive Board of the Cleveland Fire Fighters' Memorial Fund are either active or retired Cleveland Fire Fighters. They receive no salary or compensation for their services. All moneys raised for this project go directly to the cost of developing and building this Memorial.

Trustees were encouraged to move the memorial to another location. The Trustees, with the assistance of the City of Cleveland, located and obtained deed to property at Erieside Avenue adjacent to the new Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The following is a brief history of our organization:

5/93 Incorporation as a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization

9/93 Retained the services of the Committee for Public Art as general consultants to assist with the jury and artist selection

9/93 Payroll deduction plan begins within the Cleveland Fire Department

2/94 Jury selected and seated to begin artist selection process

5/94 Applied for and received project approval from the Greater Cleveland Growth Association

6/94 Awarded a $7,500 grant from the Ohio Arts Council

11/94 Nationally renowned sculptor, Luis Jimenez, selected by Jury to construct the Memorial Statue

2/95 Sculptor Jimenez conducts a public / Cleveland Fire Fighter "Town Hall Meeting"

3/95 Awarded $15,000 grant from The George Gund Foundation

3/95 Awarded $15,000 grant from The Cleveland Foundation

10/95 Awarded an additional $2,800 grant from the Ohio Arts Council

9/96 City of Cleveland recommends a change in Memorial site, agrees to collaborate on the selection of a new site

8/97 Fund enters into a signed contractual agreement with sculptor Jimenez for statue design and fabrication

11/97 Retained services of Robert P. Madison and Associates, architects, for design of Memorial Plaza and monument base

7/00 Signed agreement with the City of Cleveland for a new Memorial site on Erieside Avenue adjacent to the new Cleveland Browns Stadium

1/01 Received Memorial Plaza site plans and cost estimate from Robert P. Madison and Associates

5/01 Received monument base design and architectural plans from Robert P. Madison and Associates

7/01 Received offer from Turner Construction of Cleveland for "Pro Bono" service as Project Manager for site development

8/01 Received concept design estimate with cost alternatives from Turner Construction $381,000 - $414,000

8/01 Received a contribution from Mr. Al Lerner, owner of The Cleveland Browns, in the amount of $50,000

10/01 Contacted Chuck Borkey and Richard Acton of Pepco Inc. for assistance in lighting design at the Memorial site

11/01 Received preliminary lighting design from Ross DeAlessi of Seattle, Washington

2/02 Decision made with Turner Construction and Robert P. Madison to start construction phase of the project utilizing the reduced cost alternatives, existing funding and "Pro Bono" assistance from the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades

2/02 Declined the services of DeAlessi Lighting and accepted a "Pro Bono" offer from Pepco Inc. and General Electric Co. of Nela Park, for lighting design and consultation

2/02 Mr. Sam Miller of Forest City Enterprises offers his support to the Cleveland Fire Fighters' Memorial Project and requests a "spreadsheet" of project finances

3/02 General Electric Co. recommends Mr. Sean Cunningham of Cleveland Architectural for lighting design consultation. Mr. Cunningham offers his services at a "Pro Bono" rate.

3/02 Agreement with artist Jimenez to add an additional fire fighter figure to the sculpture with an increased cost of $30,000

3/02 Presentation to Mr. Miller of Memorial Fund activities including: audits, fund history, conceptual drawings, site development proposals from Robert P. Madison and Turner Construction and additional project cost estimates

3/02 Memorial Fund meets with Mr. Cunningham at Erieside site

3/15 Meeting with Turner Construction, Robert P. Madison and Sean Cunningham for plaza design changes

4/02 Turner Construction receives amended plaza design changes for purposes of estimating costs

4/16 Meeting with Memorial Fund Trustees, Robert P. Madison, Turner Construction and Sean Cunningham to finalize plaza specifications, cost projections and to set construction time line

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