Local artists and businesses are helping firefighters raise money for construction of a 9/11 Memorial by hosting a Dinner Party and Art Auction set for Friday, Dec. 6 at the Edmonds Conference Center.
Firefighters will be hosting and serving dinner guests as well as presenting a live art auction at the event, which starts at 6 p.m. All proceeds are tax-deductible and will be used to build a memorial honoring all those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Organizers are still accepting artwork for auction, and all donated artwork is also tax-deductible, said organizer Dave “Bronco’ Erickson, a firefighter at Station 20 in the Esperance neighborhood.
Cost to attend the dinner auction is $55. Tickets are on sale at the downtown Edmonds Fire Station 17 at the corner of 6th and Sprague. You can learn more here.
The fundraiser is one of the efforts by Firefighters of IAFF Local 1828 to raise money for construction of a memorial honoring fallen firefighters, police officers and civilians in the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11/01. The memorial will be built with a one-ton steel beam from the World Trade Center on the site of the existing Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park in Edmonds, located outside Fire Station 17, on the corner of 6th Ave N. and Sprague St.
The Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park was created to honor local firefighter Captain Bill Angel, who died in the line of duty in 1995. Also included is a Fallen Firefighter Memorial flagpole, which flies at half-staff for three days for every firefighter that dies in the line of duty across America. Subsequent to the attacks on 9/11, the memorial park has been where firefighters, police and civilians gather to honor those lost on that fateful day.
The process to acquire an artifact form the World Trade Center has been years in the making, Ericson said. There were 1,117 artifacts from ground zero stored at hangar 17 of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Airport that were distributed across the U.S. for use in memorials. “We were fortunate enough to meet the requirements of the Port Authority of New York,” Ericson said. “In the 11th hour, one of our firefighters flew back to New York to accept a one-ton steel beam form the World Trade Center.” With the help of New York firefighters, the beam was loaded and shipped to Edmonds to be installed in the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park.
The one-ton artifact was transported from Seattle to Edmonds by firefighters with a full police motorcade escort. It has been at the downtown Edmonds Station 17 on display with an antique fire engine while the permanent memorial design was finalized.