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Michigan Law Enforcement monument expected to be built by summer

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: December 19, 2018

Photo courtesy of Andrew Belanger, Department of Technology, Management, & Budget
The state broke ground Oct. 18, 2018 for the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument in a ceremony attended by (from left) Marilyn DeJong, widow of Past Commissioner James Niewiek, Chairman Lin Emmert, Commissioner Deodge Hill, Former Commissioner Kathy Cole Brown, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Gov. Rick Snyder, Commissioner John Szczubelek, Former Commissioner Diane Philpot, Vice Chairperson Mary Johnson, Commissioners Katy Sherwood and Kenneth Rochelle, and Delta Dental representative Goran Jurkovic. Numerous public safety officials and surviving family members of heroes lost in the line of duty also attended.

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor with excerpts from www.michigan.gov/mleom

Construction began this fall on the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument after the State of Michigan provided a matching grant to reach the fundraising goal needed.

State officials, including Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, participated in a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 18, 2018. A representative from Delta Dental, which donated $100,000 to the project, joined Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (MLEOM) Commissioners and numerous public safety officials and surviving family members of heroes lost in the line of duty during the ceremony.

The monument, expected to be dedicated in June of 2019, will be located at the corner of Allegan Street and Butler Boulevard in downtown Lansing, across the street from the Hall of Justice in the Capitol complex. The Memorial will honor Michigan law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, recognizing their courage, dedication, and unwavering commitment to preserving our safety and, ultimately, our way of life, according to the MLEOM website.

“We owe a great deal of gratitude to our law enforcement personnel, and this monument will forever honor fallen officers who gave everything to protect their communities,” said Gov. Snyder. “Thank you to the commission and corporate partners who helped make this important memorial possible. This constant reminder of sacrifice is a wonderful, lasting tribute to the heroes we lost and the families who lost their loved ones.”

The projected completion depends on weather, but sub-grade concrete and below-ground construction has begun. “The steel sentinels (the panels with the names on them) will be fabricated off-site and erected in the spring,” said Lin Emmert, MLEOM Commission Chairperson. “Our projected schedule of completion is mid to late June 2019. There may be plantings that have to wait until fall of 2019, but the project should be complete.”

Fundraising for the memorial has been ongoing for 14 years. The state legislature approved a 2-to-1 matching grant in 2018 and Gov. Snyder signed a supplemental appropriation for the $1.18 million grant. That grant, coupled with donations, pushed fundraising efforts past the goal needed to build the monument. The matching grant expired Oct. 1, 2018 and as of late November 2018, just over $2.6 million had been raised.

“That is sufficient funding to cover any contingencies. We will continue to raise additional funds to provide for long-term maintenance of the site,” Emmert said. “Unfortunately, additional officer names will need to be added in future years.”

Donations for the endowment of the Memorial are ongoing and can be made by credit card online at the state of Michigan e-Store. Click on the State of Michigan e-Store Donations page to make a contribution online or learn how to make a donation by phone or mail.

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