The same day the Hamilton County fire departments gathered to kick off a campaign to raise money to build the Hamilton County Fallen Firefighters Memorial, the Schwartz family contributed to the cause. On Oct. 13. Glen Schwartz and his family donated $12,000 toward the $275,000 goal to build the memorial. The memorial will be located behind the Hamilton County Judicial Center, overlooking the White River in historic downtown Noblesville.
Hamilton County Councilor Steve Schwartz, Glen’s son, has been with the Riverwalk Committee for the entire journey and is excited to see the project reach this phase.
“It will enhance Riverwalk,” he said. “It will make it more of a destination than it already is.”
Schwartz said the construction of the memorial will be done in conjunction with phase III of the Riverwalk.
“It will be in there in a temporary basis until Riverwalk is completed,” Schwartz said.
Local 4416 President Tony Murray said the park-like setting of the memorial is designed by Hittle Landscaping and includes two key items: a piece of metal beam from the World Trade Center in New York City and a sculpture of a grieving firefighter by Arizona sculptor Nicholas Wilson.
“We want to create and include a memorial for 9/11. It’s such a profound event in our country’s history. We pause each year to remember,” Murray said. “We would like to hold a ceremony on Sept. 11, 2014. It’s somewhat unique to Indiana. There are a few 9/11 memorials around and state memorials.”
Murray said the statue will include three bronze helmets to represent the three Hamilton County firefighters who have died in the line of duty. In the event that another emergency worker dies tragically, another helmet will be placed. Those firefighters who have died in the line of duty include:
Noblesville Firefighter Byron J. Galbreath was electrocuted and died from his injuries while working at a fire in a junk yard at Sixth and Preston streets in Noblesville on Aug. 15, 1951.
Carmel Assistant Fire Chief Cyrus Clark died from injuries suffered while responding with another firefighter aboard an apparatus. A civilian driver pulled his vehicle into the path of the vehicle, and when Clark swerved to avoid contact with the vehicle, he struck a tree. Both men were ejected, and the apparatus landed on top of them on Dec. 3, 1960.
Fishers Assistant Fire Chief Raymond E. Moulder died from injuries he suffered from a building collapse. Moulder was working at the scene of a multialarm fire that consumed several buildings in the downtown business district of Noblesville, Sixth and Conner streets. The building, Goeke automobile dealership, suddenly collapsed trapping Moulder on Oct. 13, 1967.
A variety of recognitions are available for those giving $100 or more to the project.
$10,000 – An individual bronze plaque on the recognition wall.
$5,000 – Name on a collective bronze plaque on the recognition wall and four small brick gravers, engraved as you wish.
$1,000 – Name on a collective bronze plaque on the recognition wall.
$500 – Large brick paver, engraved as you wish.
$300 – Two commemorative logo items and two small brick pavers, engraved as you wish.
$150 – One commemorative gift item and a small brick paver, engraved as you wish.
$75 – A commemorative gift item.
*The firefighters have partnered with the Hamilton County Artists Association on the project. The HCAA is providing its tax deductible status to accept donations with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the memorial. Those interested in donating can visit www.HCFallenFirefightersMemorial.org, e-mail info@HCFallenFirefightersMemorial.org or call 773-8805. Checks made out to HCAA/Fallen Firefighters Memorial can be mailed to 399 S. 14th St., Noblesville 46060.