The City of Charleston will purchase the site of Sofa Super Store fire for a reported 1.85 million later this week. Emotions may rule over common sense most the time in Charleston but there seems to be remarkable support to build a new "Fire Station "9" and Memorial" at the location of Charleston's June 18th tragedy.
A working fire station with the integration of a memorial on the property is a common sense use for the site of one of the most profound tragedies to occur in recent memory.
Consideration should be given to a permanent memorial to the 9 fallen firefighters who lost their lives on June 18th. This memorial would also include tribute to other fallen fire fighters and should be located somewhere within the government complex area of Meeting and Broad Streets.
But from the ashes of the property of the Sofa Super Store, the greatest tribute would be to re-claim the ground by those who continue the tradition of fire department service. Nothing would be more fitting than to have engines rolling and a new station "9" rising from the ashes of that site.
A new station "9" should be constructed on the site of the fire to commemorate the valor and service of those brave me who died while fighting the Super Store fire on June 18, 2007, their names engraved in a lighted fountain located in the front lawn of the new fire station. The building could also include administrative offices and training classrooms.
Former station 9 would be renamed, the nearby station 11 would be sold and the proceeds used in part to fund the new station.
The new station "9" would become Charleston Fire Department's flagship, having the best equipment, best units, best personnel including a parade ready vintage show truck.
The station would rival the glass showrooms of area car dealerships and would make a dramatic statement of pride and perseverance, valour and honor to the thousands who pass by each day.
Charleston deserves nothing less.
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