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Safety Services Memorial draws closer to completion

January 9, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The planned Safety Services Memorial project is just $16,000 shy of reaching the goal to hold a ground breaking. A total of $54,000 has been raised to date to construct the memorial, expected to cost around $70,000 to $75,000.

Boardman Fire Chief Mark Pitzer said the original design called for a reflection pond in the center which would have had a fountain and would require some water filtration. The committee redesigned the memorial to have a raised flower bed instead of the fountain. That saved the project roughly $25,000 and will be easier for future maintenance of the memorial.

"We will have an elevated planter box with flowers year round," Pitzer said. "We still need $16,000 to complete the project."

The Safety Services Memorial will be constructed on the property of the new Boardman Township Fire Station at the corner of Market Street and Stadium Drive. Fundraising for the Memorial is being conducted by the Boardman Lions Club in conjunction with Boardman Police FOP Lodge 43 and Boardman Firefighters Local 1176.

"We're very grateful to all of the organizations and individuals who have donated to this campaign so far," says Mark Pitzer, Fire Chief for Boardman Township. "We have received substantial donations from many, but we want to stress that no donation is too small, and each one will move us closer to our goal."

Pitzer said the hope is to have everything in place for a March groundbreaking. The final designs for the etched walls of the memorial are expected to be finalized this week.

"On the fire side of the memorial, we will have the Maltese Crossand the Fireman's Prayer etched on the stone," he said. "The police department is still working on their side of the memorial."

Pitzer said there are many in-kind donations joining the growing list of donors for the memorial. Lencyk Masonary is serving as general contractor on the roject and donatioons of lighting from Edicon Lighting, two flagpoles from Boardman Kiwanis, $8,000 off the $28,000 granite walls fom O.T. Bright, six granite benches from Signature Granite, design plans from MS Consulting, site work from L&S Excavated, two steel pillars from Compco, landscaping from Blasko Landscaping, and an 8-foot by 12-foot flag donated by the Boardman-Poland Junior Women's League round out the work and in-kind donations. Those donations, coupled with major donations of $10,000 from Denise York and $5,000 along with an additional $5,000 of in-kind services from the Western Reserve Building Trades has kept the fires burning for the March groundbreaking.

Pitzer said the memorial will be for local area police and fire service personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Donations can be made to the Safety Services Memorial through the website at



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