Carl Regutti, Sculptor of NCFFF Memorial Passes
It is with great sadness to inform everyone of the passing of Carl Regutti, friend and colleague with a vision of capturing the true essence of North Carolina’s fire service and preserving it in life-sized bronze. Carl passed away this morning after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Visitation will be this Thursday 6:30pm – 8:30pm with a Prayer Service to follow at Brown Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Rd, Cary, (919) 467-8108.
Memorial Service will be this Friday 12pm at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 810 High House Rd, Cary, (919) 468-6150.
Annual NCFFF Memorial Service is this Saturday, Nash Square, Raleigh 10am (parade step off)
Carl was passionate about his firefighting family. When Carl and I worked on the conceptual design for the NC Fallen Firefighters Memorial, Carl said, ”I want us to remember their dedication and honor their sacrifices”. I believe he has achieved that and many generations to come will be able to appreciate his contribution.
Dedicated May 6, 2006 located in the center of historic Nash Square, Raleigh NC, the total Memorial is 50 feet diameter. The central sculpture “Heroism & Sacrifice” is comprised of four life-size bronze firefighters in a realistic action collapsed building fatal fire scene, uniquely the first time such has been created in a large prestigious memorial. One firefighter is dying, having been crushed by a fallen I-beam; a comrade is holding the fallen firefighter’s head and calling for help; another firefighter is struggling to lift off the heavy I-beam; and the fourth firefighter is using an attack hose to keep the fire away from the rest of the team.
Their realistic facial expressions add to the intense drama and impact of this unique Memorial. Designed for 360 degrees viewing, wherever a visitor stands, a face of at least one firefighter is always visible. The sculpture is also lighting engineered for night-time fire effects. Surrounding this central masterpiece sculpture is a brick wall with granite slabs on which is engraved the names of all North Carolina’s fallen firefighters, past, currently and will also have those fallen in future centuries …thus becoming a “living memorial”. This special Memorial is a “team development” of many people, companies and organizations …and was approved unanimously by the prestigious State Historic Commission and has already been recognized nationwide.
I ask that we remember Carl Regutti for his love for our brethren and take a moment to help him carry out his vision to remember the Heroism and Sacrifice of our fallen.
Paul F. Dunwell, IV
Town of Shallotte