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Raleigh breaks ground on fallen police officer memorial

Posted December 3, 2013

An illustration of a memorial for fallen Raleigh police officers that's set to be built by May 2014 in front of the Raleigh Municipal Building at 222 W. Hargett St.

— City leaders on Tuesday broke ground on a planned $500,000 memorial paying tribute to eight Raleigh police officers who were killed in the line of duty.

The 21-stone granite structure, which is expected to be complete by the summer, will span a half block and wrap around the corner in front of the Raleigh Municipal Building on West Hargett Street.

The monument will have eight holes to represent the lives lost between 1922 and 2002 and include a 64-foot water feature that planners say will convey a message of honor, appreciation and remembrance.

The Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation has raised all but $20,000 through fundraisers, such as running and cycling events and golf tournaments.

"It's not the traditional memorial. We wanted something unique," Foundation President and retired Raleigh police Maj. Dennis Lane said. "We think our (police) department is unique, and we wanted something along those lines."

The motto for the memorial, he says: "Honoring the fallen, inspiring the living."

"I think it's a fitting tribute to our fallen officers."

Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown and family members of some of the fallen officers were also present at Tuesday's event.


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  • dookie4life Dec 3, 2013

    Look forward to seeing it complete.

  • TarHeelBrit Dec 3, 2013

    Well done a good way to honour those who gave their all. All to often people are quick to condemn the police calling them pigs and little Hitlers but when the time comes they are the first to call for assistance and expect the officers to get in harms way for them. To fellow officers that fell in the line of duty I say thank you and may you rest in peace.