In the summer of 2017, a small group of citizens gathered to discuss the feasibility of a tribute to our community’s First Responders. The result of that meeting was a resounding “yes” and almost two years and many more volunteers later, that tribute is about to become a reality. A dedicated group of almost 30 local citizens have been meeting and planning for a fitting tribute to those who serve, and who have served, Westfield as police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians. It is anticipated that in the spring of 2019, a groundbreaking will occur at the former site of the Portage Inn where the First Responders Tribute will be permanently placed as part of the redevelopment project for this location. This location was also the site of the first fire hall in Westfield. Fundraising efforts, including a GoFundMe Campaign, have begun with an anticipated dedication date of September 11, 2019. More information about this project will be released in the near future.