Sept. 11 is a bittersweet day for every fire department across the country, and the Orange Volunteer Fire Department is no different.
On Tuesday evening during its regular meeting at Station 1, Chief Charlie Gagel called for a moment of silence to remember all their fallen brothers: 343 firefighters and paramedics died in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.
To further commemorate the 11th anniversary of 9/11, the department received a beautiful gift.
Some firefighters responded to a fire alarm call and then Gagel called to one of the firefighters and two guests to make the presentation.
Taylor Vogt, who is dating Orange Volunteer Firefighter Jake Pollock, and her friend, Marissa created a special custom work of art for the department to display.
“I started off as a art history major at Wheaton College in Norton MA, and then transferred to Paier College of Art in Hamden where I am currently studying graphic design,” Taylor said. “While I was at Wheaton I met Jake Pollock through mutual friends. Since we started dating two and a half years ago, I witnessed Jake go through training and interviews to become a Volunteer Fireman for the Orange Fire Department. There is so much hard work and dedication that he has to go through every day and I knew I would like to show my appreciation for what him and all of the members of the Orange Fire Department do.”
About the drawing
“When my best friend Marissa (also from Paier), and I were given the Drawing assignment to create a mural of a car or portrait, I knew that I would love to draw one of their older fire trucks, Engine 1,” she said.
“As Marissa and I discussed our possibilities, she too had personal experiences with family members who were Firemen. Her uncle was the Fire Marshal for the Hamden Fire Department for years and her cousin is currently a Lieutenant in Hamden,” Taylor explained. “We quickly decided that Engine 1 would be perfect for us to spend months drawing because we had people close to our hearts who were firemen. Once we finished our semester long drawing of Engine 1, we knew that we would want to donate it to the Orange Fire Department to show our appreciation for all that they do.”
Her boyfriend Jake and fellow firefighter Jeff Muir built a custom frame for the drawing and completed it in time for the Sept. 11 meeting.