Canton Firefighter Jay Smith worked side-by-side with fallen firefighter Howard E. Strube, Jr. Now, he’s working with others to raise money to have a memorial erected to honor his memory.

Canton Firefighter Jay Smith worked side-by-side with fallen firefighter Howard E. Strube, Jr. Now, he’s working with others to raise money to have a memorial erected to honor his memory.


Smith said they are still on track to make their goal saying they have raised a little less than $12,000 and are looking to raise $50,000. The statue has been ordered. It takes about three months from start to finish for it to be completed and half the price must be paid upfront; in this case $15,000.


To raise money the Firefighters and Memorial Committee Members have been holding fundraisers.


Their next one is slated for Saturday, May 6, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at American Grille, 525 S. 5th Avenue.


At this fundraiser there will be basket and 50/50 raffles.


Smith noted also helping at Saturday’s fundraiser will be firefighters’ wives, older kids and fire chief, Tom Shubert, “The on duty crew will be there throughout the day with a fire truck kids can go through and we’ll have fire prevention literature.”


Smith said, “We need to get all the support and public donations we can muster.”


Smith offered his thanks to several entities including Canton Hy-Vee, Canton Kroger, Canton American Legion, Canton Elks, American Grille, Billy’s Tap, MidAmerica National Bank and the public in general, “There’s probably others I’m missing, but we are very grateful to everyone who has helped,” he said.


They have other fundraisers planned including one July 29 that will include a motorcycle/drive what you bring. Participants will register at Billy’s Tap and then travel to designated spots throughout Fulton County returning to Billy’s Tap. As the date gets closer more information will be available.


For more information about the May 6 fundraiser or to donate call the Fire Department, 647-0040.


Donations may be dropped off or sent to MidAmerica National Bank in Canton.


 Donations should be designated for the Howard E. Strube Memorial Account.