Building a Monument to First Responders

Welders And Iron Workers To Be Honored In Oak Lawn Monument

Welder/Iron Worker depicted as First Responder

When we think of First Responders, we think of our Police and Firefighters. Very often, working silently at their side are iron and steel workers who must cut through rubble and debris to get assistance to victims quickly. Rescue efforts could not happen without their skill, experience and technical know how.

Artist Erik Blome recently shared a photo of his depiction of a welder/iron worker. The glossy appearance is caused by water that has been sprayed on the sculpture to keep it moist as he works.

When researching the First Responders who were present at the World Trade Center, he noted that the rescue efforts would pause as the iron workers cut through debris which would then be lifted away so that search efforts could continue. Very little attention was given to these very essential hard working individuals who worked night and day to aid in rescue efforts.

The Oak Lawn Rotary Club’s 9/11 First Responder Memorial will honor all first responders of the Past, Present and Future. Watch this blog for more images and developments.

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