Nov 18, 2017
Plans are underway to build a memorial to law enforcement service animals next to the Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial in Grand Island.
The project was announced at Grand Island’s Law Enforcement Center. Organizers hope to raise $25,000 to $30,000, said Jarret Daugherty of the Grant Island Police Department who is chairman of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial Committee.
If all goes well, work will begin on the memorial expansion in 18 months to two years, Daugherty said.
The addition will be just northwest of the police memorial, which is on State Fair Boulevard. Dedicated in 2009, it features the names of 144 departed officers.
A sidewalk will lead from the Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial to the service animal memorial, which will consist of a pillar, a concrete patio and two benches. Images of a dog and horse will be etched on the pillar.
The idea for the salute to law enforcement service animals was triggered by the January 2016 death of Kobus, a Belgian Malinois that worked with the Omaha Police Department.
The memorial will be separate from the monument to human sacrifice, but will still acknowledge the sacrifices made by the animals, Daugherty said.
Much of the funding will come from the sale of apparel produced by TAG Ink and Thread of Lincoln. Matt Anderson, the company’s general sales manager, attended Wednesday’s kickoff.