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Bomberos Monument

Bomberos (Firefighters) Monument. The largest tomb in the Ponce Municipal Cemetery has a larger than life statue of a firefighter holding a nozzle and hose. Buried within the huge tomb are the heroes of the 1899 ammunition fire and 60 other firemen. Every Ponce firefighter with five years service is entitled to be buried in the tomb. The monument is flanked by a 4-foot high foundation and surrounded by 19 3-foot high columns connected by chain segments. The chain segments are engraved with metal stamps depicting Ponce firefighting equipment and the stamps have dates on them. These surrounding columns and chains have a total length of some 40 feet on each side and form a square that measures 40-feet x 40-feet. There is an interior chain located closer to the obelisk itself, this one supported by four 3-foot high columns. There are dates that mark significant events in the history of the Ponce Fire Corps. A significant date is January 25, 1899, the date of the El Povorin fire, it honors the following seven firefighters and one civilian from the January 25, 1899 El Polvorin fire. Rafael Esbri, the civilian of the group, Pedro Sabater, Rafael del Valle, Cayetano Casals, Pedro Ruiz, Juan Romero, Gregorio Rivera and Tomas Rivera. U.S. forces occupied Ponce in 1899, the year of the great fire. The fire burned several blocks. The commander of the military base ordered Ponce evacuated for fear the army's ammunition dump would blow up. Seven volunteer firemen and one civilian ignored the order, kept the fire from spreading to the ammunition dump, and, in doing so, saved many lives and most of the city. The seven firemen and single civilian were jailed for disobeying orders. A huge outcry of the public had the U.S. Congress ordering the firemen along with the civilian freed and decorated them for heroism.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 17 Mar 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20825
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bomberos Monument (unknown–17 May 1890), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20825, citing Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón, Havana, La Habana, Cuba ; Maintained by Find A Grave .