Sacrifice, courage and honor are all words that come to mind when we think about those serving in law enforcement. The mere act of raising your hand to say, “Yes, I will protect and serve others,” is a huge sacrifice. Yet, to lose your life in service to others is the ultimate sacrifice.
The Law Enforcement Memorial Garden will remind us of this ultimate sacrifice. It will be a place for those who grieve; honor loved ones; a place for young law enforcement officers to pay tribute to those who came before them; and, for the community, a place to reflect on the life lived by the officer.
This unique memorial will be constructed behind the Kansas City Regional Police Academy and the Shoal Creek Patrol Station to honor lives lost in Clay, Platte, Jackson and Cass Counties, as well as state, federal, railroad and conservation officers.
Former Kansas City Police Commissioner John Dillingham and Kansas City Councilwoman Heather Hall are leading this important endeavor to recognize these brave officers not only for their courage on the job but also as community leaders, family members and friends to many in the community.
This Memorial Garden will be open to the public and will be a place of reflection as well as a teaching tool for future generations.
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The idea was yours.
Constructing a Regional Law Enforcement Memorial Garden is an outgrowth of citizen input, and a burning desire to honor the memory of all law enforcement officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Federal, state and local officers and agents work closely together in the Kansas City Metropolitan area to keep our families safe.
To me, it made sense to have one memorial to honor the sacrifice and courage of those killed in the line of duty.
But we want to do even more.
We want to tell the stories behind the badge. Our fallen left behind wives, husbands, sons and daughters. Their families will never forget what their own personal heroes have given in the line of duty, and in service to their community.
We should not forget either.
As the wife of a police officer, I have a personal connection to the selfless job our law enforcement officers do. We have such a generous community in Kansas City, and I hope you partner with us on this endeavor to forever remember some of the most honorable men and women in our city.
-First District Councilwoman Heather Hall
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Our fallen officers are so much more than what they did and how they died. We need your help to tell the stories of who they are. If you lost a loved one, help us tell their story and preserve their memory for future generations to come.
As we begin the process of learning more about our fallen officers we want to hear from the friends and family who knew them best. We want to know how they lived, how they loved, and how they laughed. We want to know what kind of a father, mother, son, daughter, uncle or aunt they were. Your memories are their final stories. And the people they left behind are their legacies.