A crane hoisted two heroic figures back into place on the Cleveland Fire Fighters Memorial Tuesday morning, completing restoration of the colorful fiberglass sculpture honoring Cleveland firefighters killed in the line of duty.
The memorial, which was installed in 2007 on Erieside Avenue, outside FirstEnergy Stadium and the Great Lakers Science Center, will be rededicated at 12:30 p.m. Sunday to start the annual St. Patrick’s Day memorial hosted by the Cleveland Firefighters Shamrock Club.
The $50,000 restoration project repaired cracks in the sculpture designed by the late artist Luis Jimenez. The campaign was launched in mid-2017 with a $10,000 donation from businessman and philanthropist Sam Miller, the longtime co-chairman of Forest City Enterprises Inc.
The base of the memorial includes the names of 77 firefighters killed or fatally injured in the line of duty since 1869.
VIDEO: The Batesville Fire and EMS Department, established in 1887, hired its first full-time female firefighter — the first in the department’s history.
Several women have worked as part-time EMTs or volunteer firefighters, according to a news release, but Lisa Jennings will be first to serve as a full-time firefighter/paramedic.
She was sworn in by Batesville Mayor Mike Bettice Monday.
“I am really excited to have the opportunity to utilize the education I obtained in fire school in addition to my paramedic background,” Jennings said.
Jennings graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017 and earned the State of Indiana Firefighter certification in 2018. She was previously an EMT/paramedic in Ripley County and is a member of the UC Health Air Care and Mobile Care Special Events Team in Cincinnati.
Jennings is a Bright resident and mother of four children.
The Village Board on Tuesday denied a request from the Caledonia Fire Department to apply for a grant that potentially could have helped fund the addition of six firefighters to its staff.
Instead of authorizing the department’s application for a federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response — or SAFER — grant, the village trustees agreed to create an ad hoc committee to look into various options for financing and staffing at the department. The committee would plan to make recommendations for the 2020 village budgeting process.
The department has 39 firefighters, and department leaders would like to eventually add 18 more. The department never has the 15 firefighters on duty to respond to a structure fire, per National Fire Protection Association standards, and must rely on neighboring departments for help in those instances.
Fire Chief Richard Roeder and Battalion Chief Jeff Henningfeld requested approval to apply for the grant during a March 4 meeting, but were asked to come back on Tuesday with more information on the cost of the new hires to the village.
VIDEO: Together, they are making history in Howard County: Lisa Myers, the county’s first female police chief, and Christine Uhlhorn, the first female fire chief.
ABC7 recently spoke to the two women about what it took to break the glass ceiling.
"It's an amazing opportunity," Myers said. "I think we both realize it's much larger than who we are."
Both Myers and Uhlhorn spent nearly 30 years working their way up the ranks in Howard County.
"I started the academy in Howard County in 1989," said Uhlhorn, who is a third-generation firefighter. "My father was a firefighter. My grandfather. We have over 250 years in the fire service combined."
So for Uhlhorn, being a firefighter was the only career she ever considered. And she says her family members always encouraged her to follow that dream.
"At that point there were no women in the fire service, nationally," she said. "But they never said that's not something you can do. They said work hard and believe in yourself, and you can be anything that you want."
VIDEO: Clover isn’t bringing on a new paid chief after all.
A lengthy Clover Town Council executive session Monday night led to a reversal of course on hiring a new chief.
“At last night’s meeting, the town council voted to change the policy directive with regard to the hiring of paid personnel at the Clover Fire Department,” said Allison Harvey, town administrator. “Specifically, the vote was to amend the funding allocation such that there would only be funds to hire two paid firefighters, not a firefighter and a chief.”
Mayor Greg Holmes said he was disappointed with the decision. By a 4-3 vote, Council decided instead to hire two paid firefighters rather than a chief and a firefighter.
Many in the Clover community, including firefighters, were upset when Charlie Love wasn’t picked as the first paid chief after more than a decade as the volunteer chief. Volunteers talked about quitting, and county leaders discussed how to keep the area covered.