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Memorial to Three Binghamton Firefighters Erected

Three granite stones bear the names of the firefighters who died in September 1975. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Three granite stones bear the names of the firefighters who died in September 1975. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Nearly 42 years after they died, a memorial to three Binghamton Fire Department members is becoming a reality.

The inscription on a six-foot marker which will be in the center of the memorial. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
This inscription appears on the back of a six-foot marker at the memorial site. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Three large pieces of granite bearing the names of fire chief John Cox, fire captain Donald McGeever and firefighter John Russell were put into place Wednesday in a park on the city’s South Side.

Cox and McGeever drowned on September 29, 1975, a day after Russell died during a river rescue operation. Cox and McGeever had returned to the Susquehanna River in an effort to retrieve Russell’s body.

The biggest piece of granite weighs 2,000 pounds. It is surrounded by two other stones weighing 1,600 pounds each. The stones bear the names of the fallen firefighters.

The memorial is located in Southside Veterans Park on Conklin Avenue, overlooking the river and the Rockbottom Dam.

A granite bench has been placed a few feet from the large stones. A six-foot-tall marker is in the center of the memorial.

The pieces of the memorial were brought to the park more than six months after a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site.

The memorial site is located just yards away from the Rockbottom Dam. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
The memorial site is located just yards away from the Rockbottom Dam. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
The story of what happened in September 1975 appears on this marker. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
The story of what happened at the Binghamton dam in September 1975 appears on this marker. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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