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Leo Russell Keene III

Sulphur accepting donations for Leo Russell Keene III Memorial Fund

Last Modified: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 7:19 PM

By Natalie Stewart / American Press

SULPHUR — The city is accepting donations for a memorial to honor a Sulphur native who died in the 9/11 attacks.

Last month the City Council unanimously approved the establishment of a Leo Russell Keene III Memorial Fund to raise money for a memorial to be erected in The Grove — the $1.2 million Heritage Square expansion.

Keene died Sept. 11, 2001, when the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed. He helped two women escape through the bottom of an elevator, but he and 14 others didn’t make it out of the elevator before the collapse.

Keene, 33, was a financial analyst for Keefe, Bruyette and Woods for two years on the 88th and 89th floors of the south tower.

Mayor Chris Duncan said the memorial fund, established through the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, is “officially set up.”

Duncan said he and Norman Farr, Sulphur Parks and Recreation director, have discussed possible designs and details of the memorial.

The park is expected to be complete after the first of the year, and Duncan said his goal is to have the memorial completed by the annual Stars and Stripes car show Sept. 7.

Donations can be made at the Community Foundation, 120 Pujo St., Suite 120, or at City Hall, 101 N. Huntington St. in Sulphur.

For more information, call City Hall at 527-4500.

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