PVILLE FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL DEDICATION
A memorial to Platteville Firefighters is now a permanent part of City Park in downtown Platteville, and the Veterans Honor Roll that’s located there. Fire Chief Ryan Simmons.
Simmons tells us what the memorial represents.
Platteville Common Council member Eileen Nickels called firefighters super heroes, referring to them as Batman or Superman. That’s because we don’t know they’re firefighters until the siren goes off and then they respond to emergencies…and save lives.
The Platteville Fire Department Honor Roll Memorial has been dedicated in City Park in downtown Platteville. One of the names that’s on the Honor Roll is that of long-time Platteville firefighter Ron Boldt.
The Honor Roll Memorial also has the names of the only three Platteville firefighters who died while on duty, which was back in 1919.
The dedication ceremony for the Platteville Fire Department’s Honor Roll Memorial was held yesterday in City Park. Platteville Common Council Member Eileen Nickles took the time to thank firefighters for their work after the June 16th tornado hit Platteville.
Nickels also thanked the E M S and police who responded after the twister, and the many volunteers who helped clean-up storm damage. Nickels says firefighters are like superheroes.
The memorial features a firefighter in full turnout gear with a Platteville Fire Department bell next to the firefighter. Plaques with the names of honor roll members, and recognition to Platteville’s first fire departments are on the base of the plaque. They were the Platteville Hook and Ladder Company and the Mound City Engine Company.
During today’s (Friday’s) dedication ceremony for the Platteville Fire Department Honor Roll Memorial, Platteville Fire Chief Ryan Simmons recognized the members of fire departments that border Platteville, who passed away last year. No members of the Belmont, Rewey or Potosi Fire Departments died in 2013.