SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta First Department will be holding a coin toss fundraiser on Saturday, December 10 at the jug handle, corner of Main Street and Sparta Avenue.  The money collected will be added to the funds being raised to build a Sussex County Public Safety Memorial. 

The memorial is conceptualized as a place to recognize and remember the first responders who lose their lives in the line of duty.  According to Sparta Fire Chief Justin Muldoon,16 members of public safety have lost their lives serving the people of Sussex County since 1934.

A location has been selected to build a Sussex County  Public Safety Memorial to honor their sacrifice.  The site is at 114 Morris Turnpike in Hampton where the first responders train.  The location was chosen to  serve as a stark reminder of the dangers faced and the importance of regular training according to information published by the Sussex County Public Safety Memorial Committee. 

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The memorial will be comprised of three large stones representing the three public safety disciplines of police, fire and Emergency Medical Services.  ON each of the stones, according to the committee, the name and the department of the fallen member will be listed under the discipline they were serving when they perished. 

The committee is collecting funds to build and maintain the memorial.  They are committed to having 100 percent of the donations made go directly to the memorial construction and maintenance. 

In addition to participating in the coin toss on Saturday, anyone interested in making a donation can send the contribution to Sussex County Firemen’s Association at PO Box 75 Stanhope, 07874.  Anyone interested in contributing labor and materials can call 073-579-0380 ext 2207.