Herald Journal Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, April 8, 2002

Part of Winsted at Las Vegas memorial

By Julie Yurek

At this moment, a Winsted Fire Department T-shirt is making a statement in Las Vegas.

The T-shirt is part of a memorial to all those who lost their lives Sept. 11 ­ among the dozens of T-shirts from fire and rescue squads all over the country in front of the New York, New York casino in Las Vegas.

The shirt may not have made it to the city if it wasn't for Jim Habisch and Marv Vetsch of Winsted.

The men were in Las Vegas in early March and saw this tribute, Brian Langenfeld said. Langenfeld is a member of the fire department and the owner of Keg's Bar.

"Marv and Jim saw that I had fire department T-shirts for sale, and they brought the idea up of getting a shirt out to Vegas."

"They bought the shirt and had everyone on the fire department sign it," he said.

The timing was perfect. It just so happened that a group of women were going to Las Vegas March 21.

The women ­ Rhonda Stanton, Paula Hanson, Deb Stieve, LuAnn Campbell, Chris Anderson, Jenny Langenfeld, Sharon Lachermeier, and Jessica Wright - took the shirt with them on a weekend jaunt for Stanton's birthday, Langenfeld said.

When they arrived, the group tied it on next to the other shirts on the fence.

Photos of those who died are also on the fence with the T-shirts, Langenfeld said.

It is not known who started the memorial, whether it was the casino or a tourist, or how long it has been there, Langenfeld said.

The T-shirts are a fundraiser for the fire department and may be purchased from Brad Millerbernd or Keg's Bar.

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