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The Veterans Glass City Skyway is the culmination of hundreds of people — laborers, local citizens, and government officials — making contributions to realize the dream of a drawbridge-free Interstate 280 Maumee River crossing.
The Skyline has been open to Interstate 280 traffic for three years now.
A kinetic sculpture to honor the loss of five tradesmen and recognize those who constructed Toledo’s signature bridge is to be dedicated on April 28. The VGCS tribute committee chose that day because it coincides with National Workers’ Memorial Day.
The gantry truss responsible for construction of the main span collapsed on February 16, 2006. The collapse killed four workers and injured four others. Ironworkers killed were Robert Lipinski Jr., Arden Clark II, Michael Phillips, and Michael Moreau. Local workers injured included Josh Collins of East Toledo and Roger Henneman of Curtice.At around 9:15 a.m. EST on April 19, 2007, carpenter Andrew Burris of Curtice died when the construction platform he was on became detached and fell from the bridge.
With a name like William Farnham Randolph Jr., you'd think he was a movie actor or maybe a wealthy media mogul, but that's not the case.
However, the Gibsonburg resident, who answers to Farnham — “That's what they call me. It's my grandmother's maiden name” — is no ordinary Joe.
Randolph, 74, has dedicated all of his adult life to public safety. On Feb. 5, the Toledo Zenobia Shriners honored Randolph for his nearly 60 years as a member of the Lindsey Volunteer Fire Department.
Jerusalem Township trustees are seeking volunteers to help develop the John T. Kennedy Park, dedicated 12 years ago in memory of a firefighter who died in the line of duty.
The park, located just east of Town Hall on the north side of Jerusalem Road, was once a 60 acre farm. Thirty acres are now parkland, and the remaining property is used for the township’s salt shed and recycling station.
“It’s in its infancy stage,” said Trustee Joe Kiss. “Right now, there are cut paths for walking and wildlife habitat. It’s a poorly tiled field, with whatever water is left there after it rains. We haven’t farmed it in many years.”
Janis Kennedy would have been married to her husband, John Thomas Kennedy, 68 years this year had he not perished in a fire in 1976.
Mr. Kennedy, who was a Jerusalem Township firefighter, died fighting a blaze off State Route 2 on October 17 that year.
With the passage of time, certain events fade from memory.
For Mrs. Kennedy, that ill-fated day is forever etched in her mind.
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