"Mike and Diana met at the firehouse," Zour said."He's a retired city battalion chief who's been a member for more than 30 years. Diana passed away recently."

Years ago, "if she was working and Mike was at home, he'd run over to my mom's house and ask her to baby sit so he could go on a fire call. They were like second family to my mom."

There's a "Thank you for your service to Hampton, Ted and Lynda Thilly" and a brick marked "Susquehanna Bank."

Then there's "Mr. 'Bud' Midnight, Always in our hearts."


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"He was my true, true bud," said Zour of Bud, his part Lab, part Doberman, part "Heinz 57 varities."

"We had him since he was a pup. We got him from the pound. They had found him in a plastic bag left along side the road. … I couldn't take him on fire calls, but he would howl when the engines went by.

"He was just 10 when he died last year, he'd had a stroke after surgery and we put him down."

Ceremony slated for Sept. 11

The centerpiece of the garden will be a section of steel beam weighing 510 pounds. A survivor from the World Trade Center in New York during the 9/11 terrorists attacks, it was acquired in April.

 As a public service, Wirtz and Daughters, a Joppa landscaping and garden center, supplied a large truck and a driver to haul it to the fire station from a hangar at Kennedy International Airport in New York..

"This piece of steel," the bronze plaque on the granite in front of it will say, "is from the World Trade Center in New York and is a memorial dedicated to the 343 brave firefighters who gave their lives on September 11, 2001. ... We will never forget."

The attack may have happened in New York, but the fire service is a tight-knit organization, Zour said. "Our brothers work hand-in-hand."

"This is a tangible remembrance of the dedication of fellow firefighters, who so selflessly ran into the burning building as others made their way to safety," he said. "It will ... remind everyone of the importance of what we do every day, day in and day out."

For information about buying bricks, go to http://www.pvfc29.com or call 410-828-9029 and ask for a form to be mailed.

Providence Volunteer Fire Company will host its special ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m., at the fire station, at 1416 Providence Road, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The public is invited. The ceremony will include the dedication of the beam from the World Trade Center for the "Walk of Memory" and the placement of the company's new Ladder Truck 297 in service.

Speakers include Battalion Chief Stephen Lancaster and Capt. Robert Murray, who were with units that responded to the scene of the World Trade Center shortly after the attacks.