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Officials, family break ground on memorial
County officials, fire fighters and family members of fallen firefighter Terry Nielsen, including his grandson, Jeffery, dressed in firefighter gear, push shovels into the sand marking the official ground breaking on the countys memorial for fallen first responders. - photo by Philip Clements

The Bryan County Fire Department broke ground Tuesday evening on a memorial that will commemorate fallen first responders.
“We still have to bring in a fair amount of money to complete it, but this groundbreaking is the first step,” said Chief Mike Smith during the ceremony behind the County Administrative Complex in Richmond Hill. “We announced it at Public Safety Day last year and I’m hoping we can really get moving after today.”
The memorial will be located in DeVaul Henderson Park and will feature a bronze “Gear of Courage” statue. Gear of Courage consists of a pair of boots with the uniform draped over and a helmet sitting on top.
The memorial will also be inscribed with the name of Terry Nielsen, the Bryan County firefighter who lost his life in 2010.
“There’s one name on there and hopefully it will stay that way,” said Smith.
Nielsen’s family was in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony, including his grandson, Jeffery, who was dressed in a firefighter’s outfit in remembrance of his grandfather. The family was among those to dig shovels into the ground to officially get the memorial project started.

Read more in the Oct. 6 edition of the News.

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