On July 31, 1982 the Plymouth community lost five firefighters due to a tragic accident on SR 17. Most of us can remember exactly what we were doing on that day and the days to follow. Unfortunately, many new members to the community and most of those younger than 40 have no knowledge of the accident and the effect it had on the community.
The only symbols honoring those men were five wooden crosses on the utility pole where they died. The crosses were in bad shape and continually falling down.
This summer, the crosses were replaced with powder-coated steel crosses which should last for a long time. In addition, a monument has been placed on property at the old West Township School. The monument displays the faces of the firefighters on the front,a brief summary of the accident one one side and the firefighter’s prayer on the other.
At 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 a dedication ceremony will take place at the corner of SR 17 and Sycamore Road.
Senator Donnelly is planning on attending. Governor Pence is writing a letter and representatives for Senator Coats and Congresswoman Walorski will be present to read statements.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend this dedication.