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The firefighters monument is a memorial to Chief Lewis Williams, who died Oct. 9, 1901, and Fireman Voight LaClair, who died on March 23, 1914.  Located at the intersection of Pittsburgh Street and North Mount Vernon Avenue the memorial is a 7-foot-tall statue of a fireman kneeling in prayer on a granite base. There will be a plaques with LaClair's and Williams' names along with a passage of Jesus Christ from John 15:13, "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.". 


Buy a Brick

 Under the direction of the Rev. Pete Malik, the Uniontown High School Bible Club is selling memorial bricks for $50 each. The money will reimburse the city, which put up the $13,000 to buy the statue. The bricks, which can be engraved, can be purchased at the Central Fire Station on North Beeson Boulevard or by calling Penn Highland Teens for Christ at 724-439-1011.  You can now download a brick order form in PDF format by CLICKING HERE. I am going to have this availible soon.  Sorry for any confusion.

 




Chief Lewis Williams

The first fireman in Uniontown to offer his life for the city was Chief Lewis Williams, after which Chief Williams Hook and Ladder Company is named.

On Oct. 9, 1901, Williams fought three fires in Uniontown - at the former George Gadd's blacksmith shop (now White Swan's apartments) on West Main Street, in the kitchen of Mrs. Lizzi Humberstond East Main Street where the public service building now stands and finally Dr. A.P. Bowie's stables on South Morgantown Street on Morgantown Hill.

It was after the last fire when Williams was walking back home with two other firemen to get some dry clothes. According to legend, Williams had then stopped in front of what's now St. Peter's Episcopal Church and said, "Wait a minute," and he then fell into the arms of one of the other fireman, who laid him down on the church's lawn where he died of a heart attack before doctors arrived.



Fireman Voight LaClair

Fireman Voight LaClair was killed in the line of duty on March 13, 1914, after he was on the roof of a home and a 5-and-dime store. He was cutting hole in the roof with a hatchet so the hose's water could get to the fire, when he fell.