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Burlington County First Responders Memorial
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Burlington County Memorial for First Responders


In the heart of Burlington County, a tribute is taking shape to honor the brave men and women who serve as the first line of defense in emergencies. Medford Township's Freedom Park is soon to be home to a remarkable "Burlington County First Responders Memorial." This memorial, spearheaded by dedicated community members, aims to recognize the unwavering commitment and selflessness of Burlington County's first responders, both paid and volunteer.

The Vision Behind the Memorial

The concept for the First Responders Memorial began to take shape around six months ago. Medford resident Mike Panarella, a long-time volunteer with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), expressed his desire to create a memorial for first responders during a meeting with the Medford Sunrise Rotary Club. The idea resonated deeply with the Rotary Club, known for its commitment to serving local communities, and they eagerly joined forces with Panarella to bring the vision to life.

Recognizing the Full Spectrum of First Responders

The First Responders Memorial aims to honor not only the familiar faces of emergency response, such as police officers, firefighters, and EMTs, but also the unsung heroes who play critical supporting roles. From county dispatchers to members of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and the County Animal Response Team (CART), the memorial seeks to acknowledge the entire spectrum of individuals and groups who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the safety and well-being of the community.

Designing a Symbol of Appreciation

The conceptual drawing for the memorial reveals a thoughtful and meaningful design. The centerpiece of the monument will feature the logo of Burlington County Central Communications, paying tribute to the dedicated dispatchers who coordinate emergency responses. Surrounding the logo will be engraved emblems representing EMTs, firefighters, police and the MRC and CART. This design serves as a visual representation of the interconnectedness and collaboration among different first responder groups.

A Community Coming Together

The creation of the First Responders Memorial is a collaborative effort involving Medford Mayor Charles "Chuck" Watson, leaders from various first-responder organizations, and the Medford Sunrise Rotary Club. These dedicated individuals have come together, driven by a common goal to express gratitude and honor the invaluable contributions of first responders. Their collective efforts ensure that the memorial will serve as a lasting symbol of appreciation from the community.

Fundraising for the Memorial

To support the costs associated with the First Responders Memorial, the Medford Sunrise Rotary Club and Mike Panarella aim to raise at least $12,500 over the next few months. The funds will not only cover the basic construction of the memorial but also allow for additional enhancements, such as pavers and embellishments. The Rotary Club has set up an online platform for accepting contributions, making it easy for community members to show their support.


The First Responders Memorial in Medford's Freedom Park stands as a testament to the unwavering dedication and sacrifice of Burlington County's first responders. It is a symbol of gratitude from a community that recognizes the vital role played by these brave men and women. Through collaboration, fundraising efforts, and a deep appreciation for the stories of resilience and selflessness, the Medford Sunrise Rotary Club and community members are coming together to create a lasting tribute to the unsung heroes who keep us safe. The First Responders Memorial is not only a monument but also a powerful reminder of the immeasurable impact first responders have on our lives. Let us honor their service and express our deepest gratitude for their unwavering commitment to our community.