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On September 24 of this year our fire department family lost one of it's own. Lt. Bryon Johnson was a good friend and served as a member of my crew for 4 years. Last year he was promoted and moved to another station and another shift. I wanted to do something for the family that would serve as a reminder to them that they would forever be a part of our fire department family as well as to honor Bryon's service and sacrifice. The department donated the axe for this plaque. The brass maltese cross was cut from a solid sheet and then hammered. The maltese cross harkens back to the days of the Crusades when it was bestowed on a particular group of knights whose job it was to rescue their fellow warriors from the burning oil that was being thrown on them from the fortress walls. I wanted this cross to have the hammered appearance of armour to honor those first "firefighters" as well as symbolize Bryon's dedication to the job. The helmet shield, again, was cut from a solid sheet and then formed into the shape of a helmet shield. I polished it but did not sand it smooth. One look at Bryon's helmet would tell you he was no stranger to fighting fire. It was discolored from heat and smoke and most of the reflective tape had long been burned off. I wanted this shield to portray that part of Bryon's bravery. The bugle was cut from a brass expansion ring that is used to hold fire hose and couplings together. It is a symbol of his rank of lieutenant and a fitting end for that particular piece of brass. This is just my feeble attempt at honoring a fallen brother and great friend.

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An unbelievable tribute to a fallen hero. What a way to say goodbye and I hope that Lt's family understands the symbolism and love that went into it. Awesome, just Awesome.
 

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Wonderful tribute, you put a lot of thought and effort into this project. I make folded flag cases for fallen police officers in California. Working on projects like this gives a good feeling when complete and presented, I sure the family appreciates it very much, don't stop with this one.
 

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what a wonderful tribute … your words, describing the choices you made, brought a huge lump to my heart.

Extraordinary work.
 

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Not feeble at all. A lot of thought and effort went into it. It looks great and I'm sure it will be a cherished tribute and reminder to the family. Nice work and welcome to Lumberjocks.
 

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It is always difficult to comment on projects like these. To look at something made as a tribute to the life of another is always deeply moving. It is nicely done. I can tell much thought, care, and consideration went into it and that this individual is held in high esteem.
 

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Great work! I`m sure this will be a cherished tribute
 

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A fine tribute to a fine man. Those who sacrifice are worthy of our utmost respect. Thank you
 

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Wonderful project!
 

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Yeah, that's a wonderful tribute. Thanks for posting!
 

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I understand your use of the word "feeble" but don't sell yourself too short. Bryon's family will always treasure this as a reminder of how much he meant to the brotherhood of FF's as well as to them. My best friend (cousin) is a FireFighter, and I served on a volunteer basis for a few years, so while I can't begin to understand the feeling of loss, I do know what it meant to belong to the "family". What you have created to honor Lt. Johnson's life, death, and commitment to saving lives is a moving tribute. Thank you for posting this, it brought tears to my eyes.
 

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by the way,

welcome to LumberJocks! I hope you enjoy it here (but i know you will).
 

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Hits close to home for me. Our dept. just lost one last week as well. Good job and thanks for sharing.
 

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Very touching tribute. My prayers are with the family.
 

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oh how gracious-"woodchips" don't sell yourself too short. YES-true, we will always treasure this as a reminder of how much he meant to the brotherhood of FF's as well as to us. You are a very special person Mr Kip Hiebert and words can't begin to express our feelings for this plaque and what it stands for!.... It is proudly being displayed in our home in Stokesdale, North Carolina and our hearts remain in Sedgewick County…....SMILE
God bless! (NOTHING FEEBLE ABOUT IT…...........) Gary and Pam Johnson (Bryon's PROUD Parents)
 

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oh how gracious-"woodchips" don't sell yourself too short. YES-true, we will always treasure this as a reminder of how much he meant to the brotherhood of FF's as well as to us. You are a very special person Mr Kip Hiebert and words can t begin to express our feelings for this plaque and what it stands for!.... It is proudly being displayed in our home in Stokesdale, North Carolina and our hearts remain in Sedgewick County…....SMILE
God bless! (NOTHING FEEBLE ABOUT IT…...........) Gary and Pam Johnson (Bryon s PROUD Parents)

- Tripledipper
 
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