This park is dedicated to the first responders of Western New York veterans from all United States military branches, police officers, firefighters and emergency service workers who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve this community and country.
SUNY Erie would like to thank the companies and organizations who donated their materials, time and talent to make this park an important structure to be appreciated by the students and staff of SUNY Erie and the community at-large for years to come.
Campobello Construction 23 Stratford Road, Buffalo, NY 14216 *Special thanks to Angelo and Sal Campobello for being on sight since August with design consultation.
Lovejoy Metals, Inc. 40 Dingens Street, Buffalo, NY 14206 *Special thanks to Dave Zaharoczmski for the donations of metal for artwork signs and other metal materials.
Occhino Paving Corporation 2650 Seneca Street, West Seneca, NY 14224 *Special thanks to Anthony Occhino for the donations of labor trucking services and 3,000 square feet of sod. This company has donated to SUNY Erie’s City Campus Fireman’s Park in the past.
Lakeside Sod Supply Company, Inc. 6660 Goodrich Road, Clarence Center, NY 14032 *Special thanks to Sales Consultant Mike Loberg and this company for the donation of more than 4000 square feet of sod.
SUNY Erie – South Campus Architecture Technology Department *Special thanks to Instructor James Ruggiero and the students of the Architecture Technology Department. The students devised and submitted artists renditions on which became the springboard for the final design of the park.
By Jeff Hooker
Lying here beneath this ground Never again to make a sound When alive, they were so brave And carried honor into the grave They were all the best of men Courage earned by all of them Medals pinned upon their chest At last the peace, of final rest In the ranks they stood so strong Voices raised in battle songs Marching forward defying fear For the land they loved so dear On that final Judgment Day When they all stand up to say We gave up all we owned you see At duties call to set men free So when the flag waves in the wind If but a moment, Remember Them For they all paid the final cost So freedoms truth, would not be lost