Mt. San Jacinto College art students refresh 9/11 mural at Hemet fire station

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Vanessa Pellegrin, a San Jacinto resident, and Mario Herrera, who lives in Menifee, did the work Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Hemet Fire Station No. 1 on Juanita Street. They and art teacher Chet Glaze plan to finish refreshing the 2004 mural before Sept. 11, which will mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Mt. San Jacinto College art students Vanessa Pellegrin works Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2021, on upgrading a 9/11 mural at Hemet Fire Station No. 1. (Courtesy of Mt. San Jacinto College)

“It’s a real benefit for the students,” Glaze said in a news release. “Not only are they getting a really critical opportunity for community service, which is hard to come by sometimes in art, but also they’re learning a valuable and very marketable skill in mural painting.”

Mt. San Jacinto College art students, from left, Mario Herrera and Vanessa Pellegrin, are seen with college art instructor Chet Glaze at Hemet Fire Station No. 1 on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021. The students refreshed a 9/11 mural ahead of the upcoming anniversary of the terrorist attacks. (Courtesy of Mt. San Jacinto College)

Hemet Fire Department firefighter/paramedic Dan Sprague watched as the pair worked.

“Thank you for redoing this and making it look real nice,” he said, according to the release. “It’s nice to see some life in it.”

The Hemet Rotary paid for supplies and offered $100 scholarships to the students.

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