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A sculpture of a diver and a plaque
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Artificial Reef Sculpture to Honor Fallen Firefighter


Boynton Beach, FL - August 24 -- Sculptors at Pineapple Grove Designs have completed a six thousand pound sculpture recently deployed in the Atlantic Ocean near Palm Beachas part of an artificial reef commemorating fallen firefighter Peter Firehock. The off duty Delray Beach firefighter was murdered on December 22, 2001 while riding his bike in the woods with his dog Pepper. Pete’s fellow Fire-Rescue workers are coordinating the deployment while coping with the tragic loss of this twenty-three year veteran firefighter. An avid diver, and founder of Delray Beach’s Ocean Rescue Unit, Pete is now memorialized with this artificial reef in Palm Beach County.

Firehock joined Delray Beach Fire-Rescue in 1978. Throughout his career Pete became an integral and vital member of the department. He was instrumental in the development of the Delray Beach Special Operations Team and was the founder of the Fire-Rescue Dive Team. Pete became a Fire Academy instructor and was recognized throughout the state for his expertise in many special operations disciplines.

The sculpture replicates a life size diver gliding over a reef formation with memorial messages carved into stone panels affixed to the monument. The creation of the memorial was started over two years ago by pineapple Grove Designs in Boynton Beach, Florida. Owner Christopher O’Hare who comes from a family of New York firefighters says he was moved by Pete’s story and contacted the fire department with his idea of creating and donating the monument. Pineapple Grove Designs usually creates architectural art for designers throughout America. This time O’Hare focused his energy and talent to create a memorial for. “This project required the help of many wonderful people at the Department of Environmental Management and the City of Delray Beach. It was a challenge for us that we met with respect and enthusiasm,” says O’Hare.

The monument is located adjacent to the existing Governor’s River Walk Reef. It is submerged in the ocean at a depth of nearly ninety feet. The statue is designed to resist the Gulfstream current and the shape and complexity of its interior chambers will provide habitat for marine life. About 100 passengers participated in a short memorial ceremony on the barge just prior to deployment. Firefighters throughout Florida attended the deployment. Somein dive gear formed an informal underwater Honor Guard and accompany the monument down to its final resting place on the reef.