The Crossing - Presented by the Westerville Fire Fighters Memorial, Inc.
 

Westerville Fire Fighters' Memorial
"The Crossing"
 
In Honor of Past, Present and Future Fire Fighters and Dedicated to Those Who Made the 'Ultimate Sacrifice'

 

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09-10-2016 - 9am
Alum Creek Park North - 221 W Main St., Westerville, OH 43081


'The Crossing' at First Responders Park is located at

374 W. Main Street, Westerville, OH 43081 - next to Firehouse Station 111

The Crossing - Presented by the Westerville Fire Fighters Memorial, Inc.
The Crossing
The Crossing - Presented by the Westerville Fire Fighters Memorial, Inc.
First Responders Park

The Inspiration

In 1998 the Westerville Division of Fire experienced the loss of twenty-nine year old fire fighter David Theisen, who was killed in a house fire during hometown volunteer duty. Theisen was beloved by many, having also served with Worthington, Crooksville, Plain Township and Madison Township Fire Departments. Led by Tom Ullom, a Westerville firefighter/medic, a committee of citizens and city officials decided that a fire fighters’ memorial at First Responders’ Park should be built in tribute to Theisen as well as all courageous men and women who serve, or have served, their communities. This would provide fire fighters, as well as the public, with an inspirational and healing setting in which to celebrate their achievements and contemplate losses experienced by all dedicated first responders; fire fighters, police and 911 dispatchers.

Artists Statement

The cast bronze memorial consists of two components. A heroic (approximately 115% life size) portrait figure of David Theisen in turnout gear with helmet under one arm standing within a large bronze doorframe. Seen from the front, the street side, the surface of the doorframe is smooth with a low relief Greek pediment and akroter ornaments associated with ancient memorial stones or stelae. From the front, the sculpture is clearly perceived as a memorial. The back surface of the doorframe has a sculpted surface that resembles clapboard siding typical of a residential doorway. Above the doorway is a high relief triangular pediment echoing the one on the front. The clapboard is heavily alligatored resembling a charred wall. The back of the sculpture becomes a metaphoric image of the uncertainty and danger faced by fire fighters in the performance of their duties. The Memorial is titled The Crossing.

The Sculptors
Stephen R. Geddes
Robert L. Moore


For your own keepsake, a Commemorative Coin has been created representing the Westerville Fire Fighters' Memorial, "The Crossing"


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For more information contact us at
crossing@wffmemorial.org

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-deductible organization.
If you would like to make a contribution, please make checks payable to:
Westerville Fire Fighters' Memorial, Inc.
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Westerville Fire Fighters' Memorial, Inc.
520 South State St., Suite 265-B
Westerville, OH  43081
 

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