Sculptor Robert Shure’s ultimate mission when designing and creating a memorial to honor those that have sacrificed their lives for the well-being of others is also to help provide closure for those who have lost loved ones. These sculptures represent the heroes of Public Safety with pride and dignity as well as providing a peaceful setting for remembrance and reflection. Robert Shure and Skylight Studios, Inc. have been committed to commemorating our public servants from the military branches, police forces, fire departments and other special forces.
Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial
In honor of all Massachusetts firefighters, this monumental sculpture is on the grounds of the Massachusetts State House in Boston. The firefighters were designed in a circular composition and are in action and working as a team. They are installed on a polished, black granite Maltese Cross which is surrounded by The Ring of Honor. There is a series of granite pavers inscribed with the names of deceased firefighters who have proudly served their communities. The Memorial includes walkways, gardens, a water feature engraved with the Firefighter’s Prayer, and a ceremonial bell. Annual services are held at the Memorial on September 11th.
In Tribute to Boston Police Officers
The Memorial plaza is located on the grounds of the Boston Police Headquarters. A bronze, stainless steel, and granite Timeline shows a pictorial chronicle of the history of America’s first and oldest police department. This relief sculpture, combined with text, earmarks historic events spanning from the Colonial era to the present. Centered within the Memorial site is an allegorical sculpture with a blue LED eternal flame that is lit 24/7. The mission of the Boston Police officers is cast in bronze and set on a stone, flanked by two flagpoles.
Norwood Firefighters Memorial – Norwood, MA
This 14-foot-high Memorial was dedicated in 2001 at the Highland Cemetery. It is a tribute to Norwood firefighters past, present, and future. The Department affectionately named the statue “Big Jake” and he stands high, serene, determined, and dedicated. The Mountain Rose granite base is inscribed with the Firefighter’s Prayer.
DiNapoli Police Memorial – Holyoke, MA
John DiNapoli was a 22 year veteran of the Holyoke Police Force when he was shot and killed as he was following a suspect. During his career as an officer, John always gave back to the community and he was well-known and liked by many. He is remembered in bronze and shown with two children. The sculpture, located at Heritage State Park, is a tribute to Officer DiNapoli and Officers John Driscoll and James Gatzounas who also gave their lives in the line of duty.
Strand Theatre Fire Memorial – Brockton, MA
67 years ago, 13 Brockton firefighters lost their lives in this tragedy. The event remains one of the worst disasters and loss of life of firefighters in the country. The names of all 13 are inscribed and gold-leafed in the front of the polished granite base. The statue is a serene and solemn reminder of their service and sacrifice.
Billerica Public Safety Memorial – Billerica, MA
In September 2013, the Town of Billerica dedicated a monument to its police officers, firefighters, and paramedics who have perished in the line of duty. The front of the Memorial declares that it is “For Those Who Served and Sacrificed” and includes the town seal. The other three sides consist of the emblem and prayer for each type of official along with the names of deceased members.
Skylight Studios has worked with many other agencies and public safety departments to design memorials that give tribute to their members:
In Tribute to Firefighters and Police at International Place – Boston, MA