NEW YORK — A new jaded statue to celebrate the life of a firefighter in New York will be unveiled Wednesday at the opening of a New York Fire Department memorial.
The statue will stand on a pedestal at a memorial site outside the headquarters of the New York Police Department on East 63rd Street.
It will be placed on a metal plate in the plaza where New York’s police and fire departments work together.
“We can’t wait to see this statue go up,” said Frank Rizzo, president of the firefighters union, Local 1489.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the statue’s unveiling Tuesday.
It is the latest project to honor the life and death of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who died in a New Jersey hospital last year.
Rizzo said the statue was inspired by his father, the late Michael Rizzos, who was a firefighter with the New Jersey Fire Department.
He served with the FDNY for 25 years, and said his father worked with the city’s fire department to ensure safety.
Last year, the city commissioned the statue to commemorate a firefighter who died at a Newburgh fire station in 2014.
The statue was created by artist Andrew A. Ruggiero.
The mayor’s office confirmed Wednesday that it is in planning stages.
Mayor Bill deBlasio spoke at the ceremony at the fire station, where the statue will be installed, saying he was “deeply saddened” by the death of the former mayor.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the fallen firefighter and the other firefighters who have served in the line of duty, as well as with the many families of the victims of the terrible September 11, 2001, attacks,” deBlasi said.
“As we continue to recover from the terrible tragedy, the fire department is committed to honoring and honoring those who have lost their lives.”
New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo said the death was “an appalling reminder that we all must be stronger together.”
The statue was unveiled at a ceremony at a fire station on East Street in the heart of Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon.
A plaque will read:”He gave his life protecting us all,” according to the mayor’s press secretary, Stephanie Stahl.
“He will forever be known as a hero for his heroic actions, and the city of Newburgh and the entire New York community will remember him with gratitude for his sacrifice.”
A plaque with his name will be in the precinct of the fire stations where he was stationed.
The statue is expected to be completed in the next two weeks.