CSX donates $7,500 to patriots memorial

The Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial received a $7,500 donation from CSX Railroad Thursday afternoon.

Rusty Orben of CSX presented the check to Mayor Aaron Montz, Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. President Rich Focht and State Rep. Rex Damschroder, R-Fremont.

“This is such an important (attraction) for Tiffin and the surrounding area,” Damschroder said. “There is a lot of community involvement, and that community involvement tells me, ‘Yeah this is a worthwhile program.’ It’s very moving, the whole facility down there. I was very impressed with it.”

Montz said the memorial received donations as little as a couple of dollars, and as big as $20,000.

All the money for the project was raised through financial and in-kind donations, grants, and a $15,000 no-interest loan from the city.

The memorial honors victims of the 9-11 attacks, police, fire and military, and the names of police officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty are to be engraved on the memorial.

Tiffin has had two policemen die on duty, both of whom served more than 100 years ago.

Orben said CSX employs many veterans and the company’s CEO is a strong supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project.

“(CSX) supports the local community, and, frankly, our commitment to veterans is really what keyed me on to this,” he said.

Orben said Damschroder was the one who told him about the memorial.

“That’s the economy happening when those trains go by,” Damschroder said. “We’re really happy you could be a part of it.”