9/11 Tribute by Richard Kron
||In front of the Fire Department, Main Street
Rochester, NY (view Google map)
||The figures were originally carved in wood, replaced with cast bronze in 2007
Description: Monument to the firemen lost in the attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001
Caption: The monument in front of the Fire Department is dedicated to the rescue workers lost in the September 11 attacks on the Twin Towers.
D. Scott Warthman, retired Chief and historian of the Brockport Fire Department, came up with the idea for the monument soon after the Twin Towers were attacked. He enlisted local wood sculptor Richard Kron to build the figures it and work began in November 2001.
Kron carved the figures from logs with a chainsaw, positioning them based on the famous firemen photo from Ground Zero. The project took six months to carve, finish and paint. Then Warthman looked for help to finish the monument
The community donated money, concrete bricks, a light pole to hold the flag, and an American flag that once flew over the U.S. Capital, a marble date stone, and a piece of steel and marble that were recovered from the towers. The monument was dedicated in 2002. There has been a memorial service every year on September 11 since the dedication.
Kron built new figures that were bronzed. The original wooden figures are inside the Capen Hose Company's Firemen's Museum. Engraved memorial bricks surrounding the monument can be purchased for $100.00.
From an audio tour of Brockport public art and historic buildings go to: www.brockport.edu/artwalk