First Responders Memorial Park
The First Responders Park was the vision of Mayor Don Schonhardt, who wanted to develop a special place within the City of Hilliard to remember the events of September 11, 2001. From this vision rose a park in the center of Old Hilliard memorializing those who died on 9/11 and pays tribute to the 403 First Responders that died making the ultimate sacrifice for their community. In 2014, a delegation of 20 individuals representing the Hilliard Police Department, The Norwich Township Fire Department, the City of Hilliard, and the Hilliard community, made the two day round-trip from Hilliard to New York City to escort home 7 tons of steel from the World Trade Center.
One of the largest in the country, this memorial features granite walls inscribed with the names of those who lost their lives, a reflecting pool, personalized pavers, a monument honoring fallen officers, and a metal sculpture made from the steel of the World Trade Center. In 2014 Hilliard dispatched a delegation to retrieve the steel and bring it to Hilliard.
The park serves as a gathering place for somber reflection during an annual memorial service hosted by the city on the anniversaries of 9/11.
The First Responders Park is a place of reflection and remembrance. Every year we hold services to honor those lost in the line of service. You can learn more about these annual events here.