Fallen Heroes: Dedication ceremony to unveil law enforcement memorial November 19th 2012
A dedication ceremony and candlelight vigil is planned Nov. 19 to unveil the new Pottawatomie County Fallen Heroes Memorial in front of the courthouse in Shawnee.The memorial will include the names of 17 law enforcement officers who have died in Pottawatomie County since the late 1800s.
The list includes sheriffs and deputies from the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office, as well as chiefs, officers and constables from the Shawnee, Tecumseh and McLoud police departments.
Pottawatomie County Undersheriff Travis Palmer said the dedication ceremony and candlelight vigil begins at 6 p.m. Monday in front of the courthouse, located 325 N. Broadway.
Palmer said they are extending a public invitation to any relatives or descendents of the fallen officers in hopes the relatives can attend the dedication ceremonies.
"We would like any family there," Palmer said, asking those relatives attending to let deputies know who they are when they arrive so the family members can be recognized during the ceremony. The public also is invited to attend.
A cement slab base for memorial is already in place and the granite monument will be installed Monday morning but will remain covered until the unveiling that evening.
During the ceremony, law enforcement honor guards will conduct a 21-gun salute and a Bethel High School student from the Bethel Band will play Taps, Palmer said.
Palmer said a memorial to honor those killed in the line of duty is long overdue in Pottawatomie County.
Having a memorial built was an idea many had before Reserve Deputies Mike Roberts and Tim Lowry were killed in the line of duty last year, Palmer said, but their deaths prompted the project to move forward as donations and fundraisers commenced to pay for the $8,500 memorial.
"It's something we thought should have been done a long time ago," Palmer said.
The undersheriff said he appreciates all those who have contributed to the project through donations or participation in fundraisers.
He also appreciates the county commissioners for allowing them to use a corner section of the courthouse lawn for the memorial's permanent home.
The front of the monument will read "Pottawatomie County Fallen Heroes Memorial," and will include the names of those being remembered. The back will include a saying, "Heroes Live Forever," and also will have the Pottawatomie County law enforcement badge.
Listed below are the officers to be listed on the memorial, including information about their deaths from the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial website.