TOLLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT
(Tolland, CT - September 30, 2009) - The Tolland Fire Department, Inc. has broken ground
for a new memorial to honor two of its members and the courage and dedication of all firefighters. The memorial will be dedicated on January 18, 2010,
the 20th anniversary of the death of Lt. Gary M. Passaro, a volunteer member of the Tolland Fire Department who
died while engaged in a training exercise in 1990.
Lt. Passaro’s death
was the Tolland Fire Department’s first loss of a member in the line of duty.
The memorial will also commemorate the passing of the department’s long time photographer, James Cooke, who died
in 2001 after returning from the scene of a fire. In addition the memorial will
recognize the day-to-day sacrifice and commitment of all men and women involved in the fire service, both as career professionals
A committee of current and former members of the Tolland Fire Department is overseeing
the project. The new memorial was designed by Jeff
Hutton of Earthworks Landscaping of Tolland, which is doing the construction and donating much of the labor.
is being funded solely through gifts and donations. Anyone wishing to contribute
toward the completion of the memorial may do so by sending a donation to the “TFD Memorial Fund,”
P.O. Box 827, Tolland, CT 06084. Corporate contributors are asked to call 860-871-3677 for more information on how
they can help.
Jeff Hutton of Earthworks
Workers from Earthworks Landscaping
working on Memorial Garden
view of the Memorial Garden
View from the front with the
new granite pillars
Front View of Memorial Garden
View from the back of the
View from the side of the granite pillars
less then two weeks the crew from Earthworks Landscaping have completed most of the work on the Memorial
Garden. A few things left are installation of the flagpoles, granite
pillars, granite monument stone, LODD plaques, and lighting.
For a Awesome Job
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