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Andrew Jumonville works in August on a statue for a firefighter memorial at Miller Park. The final artwork will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Miller Park. 

BLOOMINGTON — The Bloomington Fire Department will be honoring 150 years of service to the community with the formal dedication of the Fire Service Memorial Saturday at Miller Park.

The life-sized bronze statue is modeled after a Bloomington firefighter and will be located near the park's Allin Street entrance. Local artist Andrew Jumonville designed and created the artwork.

A committee has been raising money to build the memorial where the bell from the first fire headquarters at Front and East streets now hangs.

In June 1868, the Bloomington City Council passed an ordinance establishing the city’s first fire department. The city added a chief engineer and two assistants. Prior to that, the city had a fire warden to coordinate firefighting efforts.

The dedication ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed at noon by activities for families. Firetrucks will be on display, as well as a hazard house, a LifeFlight helicopter and several activities for children.

Miller Park Zoo will be offering a discount of $4.50 for admission, and $4 for miniature golf if you mention “Fire Service Memorial.”

A shuttle service will run from nearby Trinity Lutheran Church to Miller Park through the the event.

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Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow

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Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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