THE SHIAWASSEE FIREFIGHTER’S MEMORIAL Committee held a pig roast at the Shiawassee Conservation Association on M-52 in Owosso on Saturday, July 27. More than 150 supporters turned out for the party, and the proceeds from the event will be used to fund the construction of a building in the Corunna Historical Village that will be a memorial to honor three firefighters who gave their lives fighting fires in Shiawassee County.
The three firefighters who will be honored with the memorial are Owosso firefighter Fred Ross, who died on April 1, 1900, Byron firefighter Roger Wenk, who died on April 10, 1977, and Owosso firefighter Elmer Hodge, who died on Jan. 12, 1981. The building will also house a 1931 LaFrance fire truck, which was the first gas fired engine owned by the city of Owosso.
The committee was formed in 2018, is chaired by retired Owosso firefighter Ross Stanley and includes nine board members and a number of volunteers. Former Owosso City Council member Burton Fox originally started the effort to memorialize the three fallen firefighters, under the name Owosso Fireman’s Memorial.
Since the committee was formed in October of 2018, the Shiawassee Firefighter’s Memorial Committee has received a 501c3 nonprofit designation, they have reached an agreement that will allow them to build their memorial in the Corunna Historical Village and they have created a conceptual drawing of their proposed building (shown).
The Shiawassee Firefighter’s Memorial Committee meets a couple of times a month, at 11 a.m. on Saturdays at the Baker College Welcome Center in Owosso. The public is welcome to attend. Donations can be sent to: Shiawassee Firefighter’s Memorial, P.O. Box 1606, Owosso, MI 48867. More information can be found at www.shiawasseefirefightermemorial.com.