New memorial for first responders in Clarendon hit with graffiti

Photos courtesy of Melissa Ierlan: A memorial for first responders in Clarendon was hit with graffiti on Saturday. The granite plaque hasn’t been placed in the spot where there is graffiti. That plaque states the memorial honors “the men and women who put their lives on the line when the lives of others are in danger.” The sandstone on top was donated by a family from Brockport.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 September 2020 at 9:45 am

CLARENDON – A new memorial for first responders at Hillside Cemetery was hit with graffiti on Saturday.

The memorial isn’t done. A granite plaque will be installed by winter. The memorial is an Eagle Scout service project led by Jeremy Crandall.

The memorial is near the entrance in the cemetery along Holley-Byron Road near the Holley water tank. Many firefighters from Holley and Clarendon are buried in that section of the cemetery, said Melissa Ierlan, the town historian and code enforcement officer.

The granite plaque is 2 feet by 4 feet. It is expected to be installed before winter.

Jeremy’s brother Jacob also did an Eagle Scout project at Hillside. In 2016, he finished a veterans’ memorial with a 30-foot spun aluminum flag pole with a pentagon-shaped concrete base inlayed with five granite stones, bearing the insignia of each branch of the US military.

Ierlan said the graffiti will likely be removed before the plaque is placed on the memorial for first responders. The inlay will cover the paint.

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