Following remarks by Mayor Matt Driscoll and Department of Public Works Commissioner Jeff Wright, ground was broken for Syracuse's Department of Public Works Memorial. The memorial, in honor of the dedication and commitment of public workers, will be made up of three separate monuments and located in the area between Erie Boulevard and the 1100 block of Water Street in downtown Syracuse.
Two will honor Larry Douglas and Donald Ransom, DPW workers who lost their lives as the result of on-the-job accidents. The third will be a universal monument recognizing all DPW workers, inscribed with the words, "This memorial is to commemorate those who have dutifully served the City of Syracuse D.P.W. on which our citizenry depend. May we never forget their sacrifice."
According to Driscoll, "It is truly fitting that a very visible monument is dedicated to the men and women of the Department of Public works whose efforts go unnoticed day in and day out, year in and year out. This space will represent an area of respite for workers and community residents."
The monument honoring Larry Douglas is currently located at the Department of Public Works, and will be relocated to the memorial park. Donald Ransom's monument is funded by donations and money raised through the efforts of his coworkers Jim Collett and Hollis Mathis.
Labor for the main monument will be donated by Ballard Construction, with the overall design work created by C & S Companies.