BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) - Bloomington firefighters are rebuilding 20 tattered and faded signs that have been posted throughout the city for nearly two years asking for information in the disappearance of missing IU student Lauren Spierer.
Spierer vanished after a night out with friends in downtown Bloomington on June 3, 2011.
"After two years, people tend to forget," said firefighter Lee Chapman, who came up with the idea. "And we are going to get the word out, this is getting it back out there."
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The sign features Spierer's picture and description and includes a phone number and website for more information.
Spierer's mother, Charlene, said Chapman and another firefighter called her about the idea.
"It was just a huge gift to us," she said.
Chapman never met Spierer, but he is a father.
"I see my son in her. Same age," he said.
Chapman also knows about loss. His son, Rob, who was also a firefighter, was killed in a car crash last fall.
"When I buried my son, I promised my son I was going to - at the time I didn't know what it was - but I was going to do something that was going to be important," said Chapman.
Then he saw one of the old signs.
"It snowballed and took off from there," he said.
Chapman said most of the materials were donated from the community. He and his fellow firefighters completed the project in an afternoon.
"They had set up a system throughout here that was incredible," said Batallian Chief Steve Coover. "It was just a machine."
They plan to finish placing the new signs next week.
Chapman said he told the Spierers not to worry about the signs in the future.
"We'll maintain them," he said. "I mean it's just not going to be up for just this weekend or a month from now. We'll maintain them for as long as it takes."
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