Funds sought for me­mo­rial at PAAC to honor fallen of­fi­cers

Goal is to raise $100,000 in a year

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - BY JAMES GIL­BERT @YSJAMESGILBERT

The Fra­ter­nal Order of Po­lice, Yuma Lodge #24 is now rais­ing money to con­struct a me­mo­rial Law En­force­ment Mon­u­ment to honor area of­fi­cers who have died in the line of duty, and is ask­ing the pub­lic for do­na­tions to help build it.

“We have the de­sign and have gone through the City’s ap­proval process, so now we are in the ini­tial fundrais­ing por­tion of the project,” said Sgt. Eric Egan, of the Yuma Po­lice Depart­ment and Yuma Lodge pres­i­dent.

The mon­u­ment will be built on the west side of the new Pa­cific Av­enue Ath­letic Com­plex (PAAC) by the grass re­ten­tion basin, just north of the lake. It will fea­ture a 44-foot-long block wall, bro­ken up into three sec­tions, with the cen­ter por­tion made from cor­ru­gated metal that stands 11 feet high.

In the area in front of the mon­u­ment there will be a statue, ar­ti­fi­cial turf, and a large gath­er­ing area cov­ered in paving stones. There will also be a side­walk that stretches from the park­ing lot all the way to me­mo­rial.

“We fig­ured that the PAAC would be an awe­some place for it due to the num­ber of peo­ple who will see it,” Egan said.

There will also be 37 plaques on the block walls, which con­tain the names of the fallen of­fi­cers, ac­com­pa­nied by the name of the agency they worked for and when they died — which is re­ferred to as their end of watch date.

While he hopes to never have to add an­other one, Sgt. Egan ex­plained that the block walls will be sim­i­lar to the ones at the City of Yuma’s Armed Forces Park, so more plaques can be added if nec­es­sary.

While he has al­ready re­ceived some do­na­tions for the me­mo­rial, Sgt. Egan says he will be mail­ing out do­na­tion pam­phlets to area busi­nesses. In to­tal, about $100,000 is needed to con­struct the mon­u­ment.

Ide­ally, the goal, ac­cord­ing to Sgt. Egan, is to have the mon­u­ment completed be­fore May 15, 2019, so that it can be ded­i­cated dur­ing the an­nual Law En­force­ment Me­mo­rial Cer­e­mony at the Yuma Lodge.

“By the good graces of the Yuma area busi­nesses and res­i­dents, I def­i­nitely think hav­ing it done by next year is doable,” Sgt. Egan said.

James Gil­bert can be reached at jgilbert@yu­masun.com or 5396854. Find him on Face­book at www. Face­book.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twit­ter @YSJamesGilbert.

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PIC­TURED IS AN AR­CHI­TECT’S REN­DER­ING of a me­mo­rial Law En­force­ment Mon­u­ment to honor area of­fi­cers who have died in the line of duty. The Fra­ter­nal Order of Po­lice, Yuma Lodge #24 is rais­ing money to con­struct the mon­u­ment, will be built on the west...

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