Our biggest fundraiser thus far, the quarter beef raffle, came to an end Saturday night as we drew the winning tickets and called the winners to congratulate them.
Now that the excitement has died down, it hits me that someone was missing Saturday night.
Rick Schneider, honorary Committee member, started and drove the steer raffle fundraiser until his sudden and untimely passing on August 5th. Rick, through Sun Bo Acres, donated the steer back in February and served as a catalyst for our organization by attending every biweekly meeting thereafter whilst leading our fundraising efforts.
Rick sold 200 steer tickets in the first 3 days and several more thereafter. He also enthusiastically gathered many, many silent auction donations for our silent auction held at our July 27th Pig Roast. He organized and worked through the heat on the 4th of July selling roast corn on the cob at the McCurdy Park celebration.
Rick moved Committee Members to tears as he donated a brick from the 9/11 Twin Towers to be housed at the Memorial. At another meeting, he brought the PTSD suffered by servicemen to the forefront as he educated us on the unspoken burdens carried by first responders.
Rick was adamant about building the Memorial because he recognized the sacrifice made by our fallen firefighters and the sorrow felt by their families and recognized that at any time and in any fire, there is potential to lose another.
The Memorial was Rick’s passion, he wanted it built and swore that he would see it built. Upon hearing the news of his shocking death, many Committee members took up his torch and vowed for the project to be completed.
If three line of duty deaths, countless firefighter’s past and present from twelve fire departments, and an antique fire truck wasn’t enough inspiration to build the Memorial, the loss of Rick adds even more inspiration to see this project through.
He is gone, yet lives as we work together to build the Memorial for him.
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BEEF RAFFLE – ENDING SEPT. 28th!
A big thank you to all the supporters of the Memorial, those who purchased tickets, the Committee members and helpers, and to Mayor Chris Eveleth for drawing the 4 beef raffle winners. Another successful fundraiser is in the books and we are one step closer to building the Shiawassee Firefighter’s Memorial!!!
Winners of the 4 quarters of beef. We will be in contact with you shortly.
Thank you for everyone’s support in this fundraiser. More fundraising activities are in the planning process, including a 9-pin No Tap Bowling Tournament in March.
Also see “In the works!” below:
NOTICE: All donations are tax deductible!
Make checks out to: Shiawassee Firefighter’s Memorial.
Mail to: Shiawassee Firefighter’s Memorial P.O.Box 1606 Owosso, MI 48867.
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Shiawassee Firefighter’s Memorial
The Shiawassee Firefighter’s Memorial is organized exclusively to raise funds for and oversee construction and maintenance of a memorial/museum dedicated to the firefighters of Shiawassee County with special focus on the firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Plans for the memorial include a structure to display and preserve the 1921 LaFrance fire truck. This was the first gas powered fire truck owned by the City of Owosso, which serviced the City for several years. The structure will also include plaques to recognize the following firefighters who were killed in the line of duty: Fred Ross, City of Owosso, 4/1/1900; Roger Wenk, Byron Fire Department, 4/10/1977; and Elmer Hodge, City of Owosso, 1/12/1981. The memorial will also include various related artifacts and benches to serve as a park for visitors.