The Alta Loma Honor Roll, a local historical landmark at the Amethyst Fire Station, has fallen victim to theft. On Monday, October 13th, a Rancho Cucamonga firefighter noticed that three very large bronze plaques were inexplicably missing from the Alta Loma Honor Roll monument.
The Rancho Cucamonga Police Department was notified and Fire District personnel filed a report for the missing plaques. The plaques, which carries a much greater emotional value than financial one, represented local heroes that served in the military during wartime.
The Alta Loma Honor Roll memorial was originally built in 1942 near the Alta Loma Fire Hall, which was located just a few blocks south on Amethyst at 9493 Lomita. At that time, the memorial honored our local veterans who served in World War II and the Korean War. It would later also include veterans of the Vietnam War, along with a gold star by each soldier’s name who was killed in action.
In 1992, the monument was moved to its present location in front of Amethyst Fire Station 171 as part of a teen’s Eagle Scout Project. Just eight years later, Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters rebuilt the dilapidated wood structure, added a flagpole, benches, and rose garden near the memorial. To help fund the project, the community was encouraged to purchase an engraved brick that lined the ground below the memorial.
Rancho Cucamonga Fire officials are seeking the public’s help in locating the missing plaques. If you have any information that might be useful to the investigation, please contact the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department at (909) 477-2800. You can also report information anonymously by phoning 1-800-78-CRIME.