A memorial to honor Line of Duty Death officers is one of the most important sculptures. It is with great honor that I complete these memorials for the Police Services. Showing respect for the men and women who sacrifice their lives to serve and protect our communities is incredibly important to me, and I hope that my artwork brings peace to the families and departments that have lost an officer. I also hope it brings honor to the officer who gave his or her life in the line of duty. Adding a kneeling officer to your department’s memorial or monument is a great way to show respect for these men and women of the police services. It is also a timeless image that demands respect and pause — taking time to appreciate their sacrifice and to honor their legacy.
Jacksonville Florida Sheriff Officer Memorial
In Jacksonville, the Sheriff’s Department chose to show their kneeling officer clutching his partner’s badge. This imagery is powerful and conveys the loss that the department and the family endures after a LODD. It also shows a deep reverence for the officer. The kneeling officer places a rose on the thin blue line of the memorial. We are all connected in this tragedy. We must always remember the Sacrifice of the officers who died in the line of duty
Such an important piece of artwork is meant to last generations and withstand the test of time. It will always be a safe and sacred place to remember our selfless officers. In memoriam, we pay our respects and honor the brave legacies they left behind.
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I also recently installed a memorial in Jacksonville, FL. I included a kneeling officer in this memorial. The memorial also includes three officers dedicated to fallen police officers. A thin blue line is illuminated on the ground. This project took a year from start to finish. The forever flame lights the memorial site.