Lincoln Police unveil new memorial for fallen officers
Lincoln Police unveiled a new memorial Tuesday that honors fallen officers, and reminds current officers of the sacrifice they make every day.
"I would hope the message it portrays to them is to be careful, to be professional and remember not everyone is a good guy," Retired Captain Allen Soukup said.
Soukup's dad died as a Lincoln Police Officer a long time ago, and during Soukup's time with the department there was a small memorial he'd walk by every day.
He said this new one is much better, and has been a long time coming.
Captain Mike Woolman said the same thing. His great-grandfather died in the line of duty, which helped inspire him to be an officer, and then to head the effort to get this memorial made.
"I understand how it affects families, my great grandfather was never to be a father to my grandpa, my dad never had a grandpa, so it's one of those personal things," Woolman said.
It required a lot of fundraising. A recent "Honor the Fallen" 5K with Goodlife Fitness and Blue Blood Brewing helped raise enough money to hire an Iowa artist to do the job.
The artist, Jefferson Davis, also made a memorial for the Omaha Police Department after Office Kerrie Orozco was killed.
He said this is now his calling.
"This type of art in a memorial atmosphere, for the people that protect those who can't protect themselves, as an artist I can't imagine anything I'd rather do," Davis said.
The memorial is located in the police station inside the City/County building. It features photos of officers in Lincoln and Lancaster County who've been killed in the line of duty in the past. In the event that an officer dies, comes with a black banner, just like the ones officers wear on their chests.