SHIAWASSEE COUNTY FIREFIGHTER’S MEMORIAL Committee members and others involved with the ongoing project, gathered in front of the new sign in the Corunna Historical Village on Saturday evening, Aug. 24. The plan is to build a permanent structure to house the historic 1921 LaFrance fire truck, along with a collection of related memorabilia, in recognition of area firefighters who died in the line of duty.

   Burton Fox, now co-chair on the committee, had first introduced the concept of the memorial to the Owosso City Council six years ago. Fox wanted to make sure that firefighters who were killed on duty were not forgotten. He advocated for assembling the 10-person committee in fall 2018. The group now meets twice a month.

   In recent months, over $10,000 has been raised, though there is a long way to go. The estimated cost for the memorial is set at $100,000.

   Fox is hopeful that groundbreaking at the Corunna location will begin soon, though he shared that he recognizes that plans for the structure need to be formulated, first. The thought is to keep everything as budget-friendly as possible, so the committee is continuously happy for local support.

    Earlier ideas involved having the project located in Owosso, though having the memorial located within the Corunna Historical Village, available to the entire county, has met with willing approval from both the Corunna Historical Commission and the city of Corunna.

   The bold, red sign was designed by Edwards Sign in Owosso. It is now situated on a lawn area toward the western edge of the village.

   Raffle tickets for a quarter beef are now being sold by committee members. The cost is $5 per ticket with proceeds going directly toward the memorial. Four winners will be drawn on Saturday, Sept. 28.

   Russ Wahl and Fox were both selling tickets at the Downtown Owosso Farmers Market early Saturday morning.

(Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford)

New sign in the Corunna Historical Village was last modified: September 3rd, 2019 by Karen Elford