C. A. “Pete” Shelton Plaza & Pavilion Featuring the State of Texas Firefighter Memorial, the World’s Largest Working Fire Hydrant & 9-11 Tribute to New York Fire Fighters and the Walk of State.
Upon completion in late 2010, The State of Texas Firefighter Memorial will be unveiled at the Fire Museum of Texas. It will be dedicated to all firefighters and fire departments in the State of Texas. All paid, volunteer, retired, deceased, fallen, active or petrochemical fire fighters are being honored with this life size sculpture designed and constructed by Artist Ron Petitt.
The size of the memorial is 350-400 lbs, made of bronze. The two figures are approximately 5’ tall, and will stand on a 36” Marble pedestal. The memorial will be placed on the Plaza near the 30x40 Pavilion. A sidewalk will lead to the memorial and pavilion from Main Street. The Walk of State around the 24’ Fire Hydrant will be increased to include a brick area around each flagpole. Signage recognizing new donors contributing $1,000 or more will be added to original plaza donors’ sign.
The Plaza is also home to the World’s Largest Working Fire Hydrant. The Giant hydrant was constructed at Disney Land, California. The hydrant was used as a prop for the re-release promotion of the video “101 Dalmatians” It is 24 feet tall, weighs 4,500 pounds. It is fiber glass fabricated re-enforced with 100 feet of steel. 1,500 gallons of water can be pumped through a sprinkler device on top of the hydrant
The Walk of State features engraved bricks dedicated to deceased, fallen retired fire fighters and fire departments in the State of Texas.
The Black & Silver Memorial Hydrant serves as a reminder and memorial of the dedicated first responders who gave their life in New York City on September 11, 2001. 343 Firefighters and paramedics were killed, 23 New York Police Department officers and 37 Port Authority police officers lost their life in the terrorist attack trying to save others.
For more information contact The Fire Museum of Texas. Donations to the Plaza and Memorial can be made on-line at www.firemuseumoftexas.org or mail to 400 Walnut Beaumont, TX 77701