OWEGO (WBNG) — Many in Owego are getting excited to finally celebrate the full restoration of the Baker Fireman fountain in the heart of downtown.
Thank to the Owego Hose Team and donations from the community, the fireman statue now stands proudly in the middle of Courthouse Square after being sent to Alabama for restoration in the summer of 2018.
“It’s a great feeling. It’s been a lot of hard work by a lot of dedicated people in this community who’ve banded together and taken really a national treasure. There are only 13 of these fountains in the country, and brought it back to it’s pristine original state,” said Owego Hose Team volunteer, Patrick Gavin.
The statue of a firefighter holding a child honors the life of a former fire chief who died in an accident back in the early 1900s, as well as a symbol for all Owego firefighters. It’s more than 100 years old and has been restored numerous times.
The statue returned in June, but everyone was waiting for a brick pathway to be laid down to finally complete the restoration.
“The Owego Hose Team brought everybody together to get this done…We’re very prideful of what’s taken place here,” said Gavin.
Celebrations take place Saturday, August 24, beginning at 9 a.m. with a ceremony at Courthouse Square. It’s then followed by a grand firefighters parade at 9:30 a.m.
At noon, there will be a firefighter’s hose race, followed by a party at the Rainbow Trail.