Memorial Fire Truck
Collinsville Fire Truck Converted Into Memorial
By Doug Scarmozzi
Dedicated In Collinsville Plaza Seven Years After NYC Attack
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Scarmozzi (& son Nick) with the 9/11 Memorial truck with names of 343 fireman
that died in New York City seven years ago.
Collinsville firefighters present at the plaza Thursday afternoon are just a
few of all the fire fighters nation wide that Mr. Scarmozzi intends to honor
with the memorial fire truck. The 1971 pumper truck was recently declared surplus
by the City of Collinsville and made available for Scarmozzi's project.
few of the 343 names painted in gold on the former Collinsville fire truck.
Those 343 were New York City fire fighters that died September 11, 2001 in
the World Trade Center towers. Doug Scarmozzi of Ramona said he has been consumed
for 7 years wanted to honor these and all other fire fighters who make sacrafices
daily to help others. Scarmozzi said he intends no slight to others that died
9/11/2001 but especially wanted to honor the fire fighters.
notice and rainy weather brought out only a small crowd Thursday to dedicate
the 9/11 Memorial Fire Truck but to also see the new benches now in place at
the Collinsville City Plaza.
Benches In City Plaza
City Manager Pam Polk took a photo of the plaque on the newly installed Oklahoma
Centennial bench at the south end of the city plaza at 12th & Main.
is hoped that the memorial fire truck will make it's way to Ground Zero in New
York City by next Sept. 11th. Exact plans and funding for that effort are not
yet determined. Donations are requested and any excess would be donated to the
widow's fund for the fire fighters. Mr. Scarmozzi has donated his time so far
in restoring and painting the truck (with more work still to be done). Natalie
Dillon of Dewey donated her time and paint to place the fire fighters names
on the truck. Vera's fire Chief Todd Owens and Collinsville City Commissioner
Pam Porter were also cited as key individuals in making this effort possible.
additional to the Centennial bench (which I assume was funded with an Oklahoma
Centennial Grant) there are 8 green steel benches (4 sponsored by GRDA, and
1 each by the City and 3 Collinsville Banks) surrounding the city plaza on the
former 11th Street and one in front of City Hall on Main St. (below). -- Ted