Windsor

Firefighter memorial to be unveiled Friday

A monument honouring Windsor and Detroit firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty will be publicly unveiled Friday in Windsor.

A bronze monument honouring Windsor and Detroit firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty will be publicly unveiled Friday in Windsor.

The two-metre, 225-kilogram statue will be the centrepiece of the Windsor-Detroit firefighters memorial near Dieppe Gardens on Windsor's riverfront.

The statue depicts a firefighter passing a child out a window to another firefighter.

"It looks really amazing, really lifelike," said Angelo Gertsakis of the Windsor Professional Firefighters Association. "When you look at the actual statue you can actually see the details in the face and there's tears coming out of the girl's eyes. It looks very impressive."

The monument is the first of three stages in the construction of a larger memorial.

"It's to honour the ones we lost in the line of duty," Gertsakis said.

Approximately 20 Windsor firefighters have died in the line of duty since the department's inception, Gertsakis said.

The unveiling ceremony happens at the Children's Safety Village in Windsor at 11 a.m. Friday.

After the public unveiling Friday, the monument will be stored until the Windsor and Detroit professional fire fighters associations raise the $200,000 necessary to complete the entire project.

The goal is to complete the entire memorial in 2014. The first statue cost $60,000 and is paid for in its entirety.

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