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LITTLE ELM, TX (Dec. 18, 2018). The Town of Little Elm held a public ceremony to celebrate the groundbreaking of its new Public Safety Honor Park.
At the event, Little Elm Mayor David Hillock, Little Elm Fire Department Chief Brian Roach, and Little Elm Police Department Chief Rodney Harrison addressed the crowd regarding the project, its purpose, and history.
Sponsors and supporters of the project were also recognized, including Credit Union of Texas (Lieutenant Sponsor), Dunaway Associates (Lieutenant Sponsor), Oversee My IT, LLC. (Captain Sponsor), Halff & Associates (Captain Sponsor), and AUI Partners, LLC. (Captain Sponsor).
After the ceremony, attendees adjourned to the Public Safety building for refreshments.
The park, located in front of Little Elm Town Hall and adjacent to the Little Elm Public Safety Building, will recognize the service of first responders. The idea for the park was first developed when Little Elm Police Detective Jerry Walker was killed in the line of duty on Jan. 17, 2017.
The Town believes the public space will be a way to honor Walker's memory, as well as pay tribute to other first responders who have lost their lives serving the public. It’s also a way to honor first responders who are still serving the Town.
The park will feature several monuments to police and fire personnel, including a sheepdog and several sheep statues. The Town adopted the sheepdog theme as an illustration of how some individuals are willing to risk their safety to protect others, which was a motif close to Walker.
Other park features include pavilions, archways, benches, trees, and a walkway containing engraved bricks purchased by the public.
Sponsorship opportunities and personalized bricks are still available.
Learn more about the First Responders Honor Park by visiting www.lehonorpark.com.