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Fallen firefighters remembered with park

Town of Rome (WAOW) -

It was a day of remembrance in the town of Rome, as friends and family in the community gathered Saturday morning to dedicate a park to it's fire department.

Sitting right outside Rome Fire Department Station 2, Memorial Park honors those who have fallen.

"It's an honoring of the members of the fire department who have served and done so much," Rome Fire Department Fire Chief John Frantz said.

The 11 trees and markers currently planted represent a lifetime member of the department who has passed.

"The people we're honoring today," Frantz said.  "As well as the one's we'll honor in the future, dedicated a lot of time and effort to provide service to the community."

Each member served  for more than 10 years and retired with the department.

"That sense of dedication and commitment to safety," Representative Scott Krug said.  "Both of protecting and preserving citizens lives as well as their property has been strong in this township."

41 years ago, volunteers in the community built the first fire department in the town of Rome.

"There's brave men and women who serve on the department now and came before them," State Senator Julie Lassa said.  "That are really willing to make the ultimate sacrifice as volunteers."

The dedication featured military honors as well as a helicopter flyover.

While they honored the past, they also looked to the future.

"To recognize the efforts that they put forth and understand that we're going to need them even more going into the future," Krug said.

To this day, the fire department continues to be run by volunteers.

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