If you have visited the Fillmore Administration Building during the past several months, you may have noticed excavating, landscaping…or something happening out front. So what is happening?
Ottawa County is erecting a monument to pay tribute to law enforcement who have served throughout the years and those who will serve into the future. The Sheriff’s Office, from time to time, had looked into the possibilities of establishing a law enforcement monument or memorial at headquarters. Upon hosting the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command for ten months during 2012, the students wanted to gift the County a token of thanks. The ideas collided. A designer was hired and a monument company was secured. The budget was set at $80,000 and fundraising for the Protector Monument was initiated in 2013. The target is in sight, with thousands raised through in-kind pledges, private donations, a 5K, a dinner event and the sale of engraved bricks. Approximately $5,000 remains to be raised. If you would like to help, custom engraved bricks can be purchased for $100.
A rendering of the monument is pictured and includes a life-size, bronze statue surrounded by brick pavers, a plaque to thank large donors and a marker to honor fallen officers in Ottawa County: Ottawa County Reserve Officer, Arlan Gort; Grand Haven Police Officer, Scott Flahive; and Walker Police Officer, Trevor Slot.
The target date for completion is May 15.