Memorial dedicated to firefighters killed in crash

(WISH Photo, file)

PLYMOUTH, Ind. (AP) — A new memorial has been dedicated to honor five northern Indiana firefighters who died in a crash more than 30 years ago.

More than 100 people gathered for Sunday’s dedication ceremony of the black stone monument near the crash scene a few miles west of Plymouth. The monument replaces a memorial of five wooden crosses placed soon after the July 1982 crash of a fire engine heading to a reported house blaze.

Brandon Van Vactor was a year old when his father Gary died in the crash. He tells WSBT-TV he’s grateful for the monument, which has images of those killed and a description of what happened.

Former fire chief Wayne Smith tells WNDU-TV the memorial will let people many years from now know what happened at the site. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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