A project that was started in September 2009 came to fruition Sunday as the Rochester Hills Fire Department officially dedicated the 9/11 Memorial site in front of the Fire Headquarters.
It began with a request to the New York Port Authority for a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. From there the memorial was developed strictly by donations of labor and material from citizens, businesses and groups in the Rochester area.
"This Memorial was designed so the members of the Emergency Services and the public can visit it anytime but specifically on September 11th each year to remember the tragic events and victims of Attack on America," Fire Chief Ron Crowell said.
The Rochester Hills Lions Club donated the bench which is designed with an American Flag and the words "God Bless America." Eagle Scout Johnathan Wareham, with the assistance of Scout Group 298, designed and placed the brick pavers from old Main Street that were donated by the Downtown Development Authority. Others that were recognized at the dedication for their contribution were:
- Vern Pixley - Pixley Funeral Home
- The Stone Shop
- Resident Jim Uhls
- The members of Rochester Hills Fire Department
The Memorial is located at Rochester Hills Fire Headquarters, 1111 Horizon Court.