Rick Fitzgerald, fire Capt. Bill Koppy, David Lane and Mark Fortin, all from Portland Fire and Rescue Station 26, lift a statue of Jesus back onto its base at Holy Cross Parish in North Portland. The marble statue had been toppled by two inebriated men. (Courtesy Holy Cross Parish)
Rick Fitzgerald, fire Capt. Bill Koppy, David Lane and Mark Fortin, all from Portland Fire and Rescue Station 26, lift a statue of Jesus back onto its base at Holy Cross Parish in North Portland. The marble statue had been toppled by two inebriated men. (Courtesy Holy Cross Parish)
First responders in North Portland lent a helping hand — and some brawn — to Holy Cross Parish this summer. On Sunday, Aug. 8, two young inebriated men tipped the parish’s outdoor statue of Jesus from its base. The hands and thumb were broken in the fall.

“It was a disappointing experience, but the firefighters and officer at Fire Station 26 were our heroes on Monday,” said Lori Kreutzer, administrative assistant at Holy Cross.

Rick Fitzgerald, David Lane, Mark Fortin and fire Capt. Bill Koppy hoisted the 5-foot-tall marble statue back onto its base. 

Parishioners eventually learned Fitzgerald and Fortin attended Central Catholic and Koppy is a La Salle Prep grad.

“They were very respectful, helpful and kind,” Kreutzer said of all four men.