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Trenton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Firemenís Memorial

 
 
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By Gary Nigh, November 2007
1. Fire Department of the City of Trenton Marker
Inscription.
Dedicated to the
Fire Department of the
City of Trenton

Volunteer Department Organized
February 7, 1747
Paid Department Established
April 4, 1892
Re-dedicated 1961

(Second Plaque):
Memorial to the members of the Trenton Paid Fire Department who sacrificed their lives in the “line of duty”
Charles Wood ∑ August 6, 1896
Charles Tindall ∑ July 19, 1899
John Henry ∑ August 14, 1899
Lt. Charles Howell ∑ May 12, 1906
John McGowan ∑ November 19, 1901
Frank Riley ∑ May 12, 1906
Edward Hizer ∑ March 29, 1907
Fred Slover ∑ April 27, 1915
John Owens ∑ January 7, 1918
George Weeks ∑ February 26, 1951
John OíConnell ∑ April 30, 1953
Capt. Richard Green ∑ February 11, 1956
Peter P. Del Aversano, Jr. ∑ September 10, 1966
Chief Raymond A. Schwab ∑ October 4, 1971
Batt. Chief Thomas W. Mayer ∑ January 2, 1974
Robert J. Mizopalko ∑ August 4, 1986
Joseph F. Woods Jr. ∑ August 4, 1986

(Third Plaque):
Memorial to the members of the Mercer County Volunteer Fire Companies
Fire Department of the City of Trenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, November 2007
2. Fire Department of the City of Trenton Marker
who gave their lives in the “line of duty”
George H. Combs ∑ January 30, 1934
Frederick H. Turner ∑ January 30, 1934
John Moreton ∑ January 30, 1934
Walter O. Penrod ∑ January 30, 1934
Howard Grant ∑ January 30, 1934
William Rathbone ∑ February 6, 1934
Edward C. Skimmons ∑ December 17, 1949
Walter A. Lukaszewski ∑ December 21, 1986
William OíDonnell ∑ June 20, 1987
Brian Sutton ∑ November 8, 1994
 
Erected 1892.
 
Location. 40° 13.23′ N, 74° 45.524′ W. Marker is in Trenton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker is on East State Street just west of Barry Hogan Way (Armory Drive), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. It is located in front of Trenton City Hall. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton NJ 08608, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trenton Police (within shouting distance of this marker); Delaware and Raritan Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); James Taylor
Fire Department of the City of Trenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, November 2007
3. Fire Department of the City of Trenton Marker
(about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sgt. John P. Beech (about 600 feet away); Rider College (about 600 feet away); John O. Raum (about 700 feet away); Dr. John Manners (approx. 0.2 miles away); Capt. James Olden Paxson (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
 
More about this marker. This marker is three plaques around the base of a statue of a fireman with a child in his arms.
 
Also see . . .  Saving Firemen Made of Zinc. Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute article about Firemen Statues made of Zinc, the Trenton statue included.
Beginning in the 19th century, statues of firemen were placed ... memorializing those who died in the line of duty ... A less expensive option (than bronze) became available towards the end of the century - statues of firemen made of zinc.

The article also identifies the original lantern carried by the Trenton fireman is "exhibited on important
Fire Department of the City of Trenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, December 2007
4. Fire Department of the City of Trenton Marker
Statue is cast zinc coated with custom-made "bronze" paint. It stands about seven feet tall on a 40 inch tall granite base. The Fireman is dressed in a fireman's uniform of the late 1800s.
occasions but otherwise detached for safe keeping." (Submitted on December 5, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyHeroes
 
Firemen's Memorial (1892) image. Click for full size.
By Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute
5. Firemen's Memorial (1892)
Because they were cast in many pieces, zinc statues allowed for minor customization. "Trenton V.F.D," for example, identifies the Trenton Volunteer Fire Department on the helmet of this statue.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,287 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 5, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey.   5. submitted on December 5, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Picture of the Trenton fireman's lantern. • Can you help?
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