An iconic statue in Owego will be disappearing temporarily.
The restoration process has begun on the Baker Fireman’s Fountain located behind the Tioga County Courthouse.
The project was spearheaded by the Owego Hose Team, a local non-profit.
Robinson Iron was onsite to remove the fountain and to transport it to their facility in Alexander Alabama where they will complete the restoration.
The project also includes a Memorial Brick Walkway leading to the fountain along with stamped concrete in the shape of a firefighter’s Maltese Cross to honor Owego’s five fallen firefighters.
Owego Hose Team volunteer Patrick Gavin says the 104 year-old fountain is due for some care.
“Owego has a rich fire service history and its symbol is the Baker Fireman’s Fountain. So we are very excited to get this restoration done not only to represent the volunteer fire service in our town but also the community minded residents that make Owego a great place to live and work,” said Gavin.
Gavin says the Owego Hose Team has so far raised $75,000 out of the $115,000 required to complete the project.
Refurbishment of the fountain is expected to take at least 8 weeks.