The Southold Town Volunteer Firefighters’ Memorial was formally dedicated in a ceremony held Sunday afternoon at Jean Cochran Park in Peconic.
Drummers from the Cutchogue Fire Department led representatives from all Southold Town fire departments up Peconic Avenue and into the park, where a small gathering waited in front of the newly completed memorial.
Fire Chiefs Council president Antone Volinski III gave the welcoming address followed by a blessing from Chaplain Thomas Roslak and a few words from Greenport Mayor David Nyce and Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell. New York State Senator Ken LaValle was also in attendance, though he did not speak.
A representative from each fire department then read the name of a lost firefighter and the story behind his passing.
The memorial is dedicated to the memory of all Southold Town volunteer firefighters who died in the line of duty. It consists of a sitting wall interspersed with columns identifying each of Southold Town’s fire departments.
The names of firefighters who have died in the line of duty are engraved on each department’s column. In the center stands the 9/11 memorial consisting of the Morning Call osprey sculpture perched on a beam from the 33rd floor of the World Trade Center.
Brick pavers, some with dedications engraved on them, make up the “Heroes Plaza.”