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Vigilant Fire Company Firemen's Monument. June 2013.
Location Union Cemetery W side of PA 873, approx. 1/3 mil S of Slatington, Washington Township, Pennsylvania
Area less than one acre
Built 1909
Built by Scheirer, Frank A.
NRHP reference No. 04000838
Added to NRHP August 11, 2004

Vigilant Fire Company Firemen's Monument is a historic monument located at Washington Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.

History

Erected in 1909 and dedicated on September 16, 1909, the Vigilant Fire Company Fireman's Monument is a 16-foot-high granite monument on a concrete base, which is situated on a plot of land chosen by the fire company for its visibility from the highway. Crafted by local stone mason Frank Scheirer at a cost of $2,200, the monument incorporates a 7-foot-tall statue of an early 20th-century fireman with a handlebar mustache, pointed fire hat, fire coat and boots, and holding a young girl in both arms. Arthur Scranton, a member of the Vigilant Fire Company, was responsible for the erection of the monument, according to the monument's dedication plaque.

This monument was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.

Burials

Initially planned as a burial site for firemen who had been facing financial hardships or were without family at their respective times of death, the proposed usage of the plot where the monument is located was expanded to allow for the burial of career and volunteer firemen. Three firemen who were interred here are (see gravestone photo gallery below): Harry J. Henritzy. Marcus Hessman, and Theodore Hoffman.

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