Ground broken for new Raleigh police memorial

The $500,000 memorial will have 21 stone columns which represent a 21 gun salute.
December 4, 2013 6:17:05 AM PST
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Raleigh Tuesday for the city's new police memorial.

The $500,000 memorial will have 21 stone columns which represent a 21 gun salute as well as a pool with eight voids representing Raleigh's eight fallen officers.

"It's not the traditional memorial," said retired Raleigh Police Major Dennis Lane, the president of the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation. "We wanted something unique. Raleigh is a unique place to live. We think our department is unique and we wanted something along those lines. The motto for the memorial is 'Honoring the fallen, inspiring the living.' I think it's a fitting tribute to our fallen officers."

The memorial, which will be located at 222 West Hargett Street, will replace the current fountain at city hall.

The Raleigh Police Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty are:

  • Officer Tom G. Crabtree, died Sept. 1, 1922
  • Officer Robert E. Sparks died March 8, 1968
  • Officer James W. Allen, died Dec. 5, 1968
  • Officer James G. Lee, died Dec.  5, 1968
  • Officer Delma D. Adams, died Feb. 3, 1980
  • Officer Denise Holden, died Aug. 4, 1995
  • Detective Paul A. Hale, died July 11, 1997
  • Officer Charles R. Paul, died Sept. 10, 2002

The memorial is expected to be finished by early summer.

All funding is coming from fundraisers and private donations.

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