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Mich. monument to honor fallen officers nearly paid for

Michael Gerstein
The Detroit News

Lansing — A memorial to honor 600 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty is nearly paid for after a $100,000 contribution from Delta Dental, the largest dental plan system in the country.

Twenty-one clear panels with the names of fallen officers scrawled into them will be erected in Lansing to create “a place of reflection and respect for these brave men and women who paid the ultimate price to protect the citizens of Michigan,” said Kathy Cole Brown, a member of a state commission that oversees the fundraising, design and construction of the monument.

Project coordinators expect to have raised enough money to finish construction in another six months or year, said John Szczubelek, Michigan’s assistant attorney general and another member of the project commission.

The Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial will be located west of the state Capitol near the Michigan Vietnam Memorial and the Hall of Justice. It was designed by the Ann Arbor-based David Milling Architects.

“I hope that this would be a time of reflection and thanksgiving for everybody that has answered the call to preserve the very way of life we are able to preserve here in Michigan,” Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said Monday.