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    Memorial comes home

    Tuesday, August 17, 2010


    Memorial comes home
    BENCH HONORING FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVES IN WORCESTER


    By Hunter Amabile SPECIAL TO THE TELEGRAM & GAZETTE


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    Firefighters memorialized

    Wednesday, August 18, 2010

    Firefighters memorialized
    Bench honors those lost in warehouse fire


    By Hunter Amabile SPECIAL TO THE TELEGRAM & GAZETTE


    WORCESTER — A concrete bench commemorating the six firefighters who died in the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse fire, which had languished in a California home since 2004, arrived at the Grove Street Fire Station yesterday morning.

    Packaged tightly in a large wooden crate, the bench stuck on the back of a long-haul truck in California, and sent away.

    It reached the fire station about 9:30 a.m. yesterday, structural integrity intact.

    “There was no chance of anything moving,” Lt. Donald L. Courtney said.

    The story of the bench that was made by California high school student Carolyn Cuzynski in 2004 was first covered by the Telegram & Gazette July 27. That same day, the Saint-Gobain Co. offered to pay for its cross-country transport.

    Now the bench is out of the crate and on display in back of the Grove Street station in front of the training division building.

    Firefighters stopped by to admire the bench yesterday, Lt. Courtney said.

    “I'm very happy that it is in town,” he said, also mentioning how grateful he and the Fire Department are to Saint-Gobain for donating the cost of the move.

    However, Lt. Courtney does not want to forget about the other items donated to the Fire Department.

    “Even though this is a very large and elaborate piece, it's no more important than anything else we have received,” he said. The rest of the thousands of items that poured into the department in the wake of the Dec. 3, 1999, fire, from letters to pictures, to drawings, to handcrafted memorials, are sitting in a basement storage room at the Saint-Gobain complex on New Bond Street.

    Saint-Gobain agreed to provide transportation for the bench as long as the Fire Department did not put it into storage, Lt. Courtney said. After several fire stations in Worcester expressed interest in hosting the bench, he said it will likely circulate among stations in the city until it has a permanent home.

    “It's definitely not going to go into storage,” he said.

    Possible locations could be any of the city's fire stations, especially the Grove Street and Franklin Street stations. Grove Street is the department's headquarters and the Franklin Street station was built on the site of the warehouse fire. It could also be placed at the prospective Worcester Fire Fighters Memorial Park.

    “It's probably not going to see the inside of a building again,” Lt. Courtney said.

    He also said that the Fire Department would consider bringing the other items that remain in the storage unit at Saint-Gobain out to the public.

    http://www.telegram.com/article/2010...360/1101/local

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