NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Fire Department invites the community to the dedication of the memorial to township firefighters lost in the line of duty. The dedication will take place at 10:30 a.m. Monday May 29.
Nutley's original memorial was a small monument capped by a bell. It stood on the left side of the apron of the Nutley Public Safety building and was partially hidden by signage. The new monument has been planned for some time, members of the FMBA held fundraisers in Fall of 2018 to pay for the material.
The new monument stands at the corner of Chestnut Street and Warren Street. The structure itself is larger than the previous memorial, and will be more visible to pedestrians and motorists passing by. The bell that topped the original memorial was sent to a bronze restoration firm. That bell was donated by Mt. Carmel Church in the 1950's. The original bronze plaques were also restore to be affixed to the new monument.
The township fire department shield will appear on two sides of the monument. Cut from black granite, they are the same material as the sides of the monument.
The monument itself is dedicated to the four Nutley firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The annual Memorial Day parade will start after the dedicaton at the Ntuley Park Oval at 11 a.m.