(WBZ NewsRadio) — Plymouth firefighters rallied Monday morning to repair the town's 9/11 memorial a day after vandals damaged it.
They arrived at the memorial around 9 a.m., with many showing up off-duty on their own time to volunteer their help.
The memorial is located on Spooner Street and consists of seven granite blocks etched with the names of the victims in the 9/11 attacks, as well as a 2,000-pound steel I-beam from the World Trade Center.
On either side of the beam stands three-foot-tall statues of a policeman and a firefighter. The statue of the policeman was toppled over, causing the head to break off. A lamp and electrical box were damaged.
It was the second time in a week that a Plymouth monument was vandalized. Last Monday, vandals spray-painted Plymouth Rock, the Pilgrim Maiden, and the National Monument to the Forefathers.
The firefighters didn't just repair the damage—they restored the memorial, putting down new mulch, cleaning weather damage, and placing new American flags.
Triumph Masonry of Wareham offered to repair the police officer statue, and restore the firefighter one. In addition, TL Edwards of Avon donated mulch to the project, and Kingston Block of Kingston donated stone dust.
In a release, Plymouth Fire Chief Ed Bradley thanked his firefighters, as well as those companies.
"Despite these senseless and despicable acts, our community has shown once again that the people of Plymouth will rally behind one another to do what is right," Chief Bradley said. "I am so proud of our firefighters who took the time to not only fix the damage that was done to our Sept. 11 Memorial, but to give the site a needed face lift with fresh mulch and new American flags."