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Posted on: August 23, 2019

The Top of Buffalo City Hall to Glow Red to Mark 10th Anniversary of Two Fallen Buffalo Firefighters

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the top of Buffalo City Hall will be lit RED at 12:01 AM on Saturday, August 24, 2019 to mark the ten-year anniversary of the tragic fire that claimed the lives of Buffalo Fire Lt. Charles “Chip” McCarthy and Firefighter Jonathan Croom.


Mayor Brown also encouraged the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team (BuffaloLIT) to light its unique buildings and structures in the same color in a show of unity and appreciation to the fallen firefighters, as well as Buffalo’s Bravest.


Mayor Brown stated, “Saturday’s special Citywide lighting recognizes Buffalo Fire Lt. Charles “Chip” McCarthy and Firefighter Jonathan Croom, who gave their lives to protect our community. It also serves as a glowing reminder of their service and ultimate sacrifice. I thank the BuffaloLIT for teaming up with us on this public display honoring the ten-year anniversary of these two fallen firefighters. We’re proud to partner with them and truly appreciate their support.”


Lt. McCarthy and firefighter Croom died in a tragic Genesee Street fire on August 24, 2009. Mayor Brown will also call for a moment of silence at his annual Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge Wrap Up Celebration to honor the two fallen firefighters. The event takes place at 10:30 AM on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.


To mark the 10-year anniversary, Buffalo Fire Commissioner William Renaldo and members of the Buffalo Fire Department will take part in a series of private and public events on Saturday, August 24, 2019. A Memorial Service will be held on August 24th at 4:30 PM at Saint Joseph Cathedral, located at 50 Franklin Street. Prior to the service, Commissioner Renaldo will address the media, outside the church.


Spearheaded by Mayor Brown, BuffaloLIT is a voluntary endeavor between the City of Buffalo and the participants who operate many of the iconic buildings and structures in neighborhoods citywide who   have agreed to light their buildings, on special occasions, in a uniform color or color scheme in order to commemorate a special event which impacts the City’s residents in a significant way.

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