KINGMAN - Construction of the Doxol explosion memorial at Firefighters Park is on pace to be completed by the middle of August.
The framework of the $190,000 project can already be seen at the park on Detroit Avenue. Battalion Fire Chief Bill Johnston said the project should be completed in time for a planned Aug. 21 formal dedication.
The cost of the project is being covered by CORE Construction, a Phoenix firm that is currently working on the renovation and construction of the new buildings for the Kingman Unified School District, and more than a dozen other subcontractors.
CORE officials have said their involvement in the project was a means of giving back to a community they've been working in for many years.
The public is offsetting costs through the purchase of memorial bricks being used to create a walk that will wrap around the outside edge of the memorial's center.
Around 75 bricks have been sold, with enough space in the memorial to fit 300. The deadline to purchase a brick to have it included in the project by its mid-August dedication is Friday, June 25, though Johnston said individuals can still purchase bricks after that date. They just won't be included in the memorial in time for the unveiling.
Residents can purchase a 4x8 brick with up to three lines of text for $125 and an 8x8 brick with up to six lines of text for $250. The personalized messages do not have to center around the memorial itself or even firefighting.
The memorial will include a piece of metal from the salvaged railroad tank, along with the names of those killed in the explosion and a plaque of the Firefighter's Prayer. It will measure approximately 36 feet across, with the Kingman Fire Department logo in the center.
Once completed, the memorial will be the largest permanent fixture paying tribute to the 11 firefighters killed in the July 5, 1973, Doxol propane tank explosion.
Applications for memorial bricks can be picked up at the Kingman Fire Department office, 412 E. Oak St. or by calling (928) 753-2891.