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The new 9/11 memorial was designed and completed by Eagle Scout candidate Ricky Warnick as part of his Eagle Scout service project. A dedication was held Friday evening, Sept. 11, marking the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
In 2013 they reached out to Boy Scout Troop 355, and it was then that Warnick first offered his services toward the project.

“I think this is a really great idea [for his Eagle Scout service project],” recalled Troop 335 Scoutmaster Tony DeRuggeiro about his first conversation with Warnick about tackling the 9/11 memorial project. “But I don’t think you realize how much work it would entail.”

Warnick spent about five months fundraising, raising about $2,500 for the $9,000 project. The remaining costs were donated in material or labor, Warnick told The Avenue News.

“This young man put a lot of his blood, sweat and a whole lot of other stuff into this project,” Henderson said.
Middleborough Vol. Fire Co. dedicates new 9/11 memorial

Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 11:48 am
By Dan Baldwin dbaldwin@chespub.com

Fourteen years ago, millions of Americans went to bed not knowing all of their lives would be changed forever, said President of Middleborough Volunteer Fire Company John Henderson during a special 9/11 memorial and dedication ceremony held on Friday, Sept. 11.

“First responders across the country packed their bags and headed to New York City,” Henderson said about the events that unfolded 14 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. “Why? Because that is what we do.”

Henderson was joined by Baltimore County Fire Chief John J. Hohman, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Del. Bob Long, and Eagle Scout candidate Ricky Warnick of Troop 355 at the Middleborough Volunteer Fire Company on Friday evening for the memorial service and for the dedication of a new 9/11 memorial. The new memorial was designed and constructed by Warnick as part of his Eagle Scout service project.

About 200 members of the community gathered around the new memorial, located along Middleborough Road next to the firehouse, to remember all who were killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Back in 2011, the Essex firehouse received two memorial steel I-beams, beams that were salvaged from the World Trade Center buildings at ground zero.

For two years the steel beams sat in storage while members of the Middleborough Volunteer Fire Company figured out the most respectable way to display them.
The memorial was completed in June, and despite having the area of the final product 36 square feet larger than originally planned, Warnick’s only regret is that he couldn’t raise additional funds to make the memorial larger, he said.

Other than that, the 16-year-old Eagle Scout candidate said his proudest moment came when the memorial was finally completed and he was able to see his vision come to life.

“It was truly a good thing to see that he got his vision right,” Henderson said. “And we are pretty confident that he got it right.”

The memorial features two benches, three plaques recognizing and honoring first responders and all those who were killed in the terrorist attacks and the two steel I-beams sticking straight up, standing similar to how the Twin Towers once stood.

According to Warnick, he knew he was a true patriot back when he first joined the Cub Scouts when he was in the first grade.

“We can never forget,” Ruppersberger said. “Never forget what happened. After 9/11, I think this country came together. To this day we are a strong country.”

A Boy Scout himself, Ruppersberger’s biggest mistake of his life was not becoming an Eagle Scout, he said. He was only six months and three merit badges away from the honor.

“My whole Scout life has been leading up to this moment,” Warnick said. “I always remember the lives that were taken. Those people who died on 9/11, they have fallen but will never be forgotten.”