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Law Enforcement Firefighters Memorial Dedication

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For Immediate Release: October 27, 2011
Gerald Vandeveer, Board President
Law Enforcement Firefighters Memorial of Allen County
260- 466-1449 (Cell 10AM-6PM)


Law Enforcement Firefighters Memorial of Allen County Dedication Ceremonies

Saturday, October 29, 2011, 11:00 a.m.

1001 N. Wells Street



Fort Wayne, Indiana  The Law Enforcement Firefighters Memorial of Allen County will be formally dedicated on Saturday, October 29, 2011.  The new $250,000 Memorial was built with monetary and in-kind donations from citizens and businesses of our community without the use of state or local taxpayer money. This is one of only seven combined Police and Firefighter Memorials located in a major city of the United States.

The Memorial is home to the names of nine police officers, one probation officer, and 16 firefighters who have died “In the Line of Duty”. The Memorial represents 10 police agencies (Including Indiana State Police, District 22) as well as all volunteer and paid firefighters within Allen County, for a total of over 1,500 men and women. 

Honored speakers will include Mayor Tom Henry, Commissioner Nelson Peters,  Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York, Fort Wayne Fire Chief Pete Kelly, and Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries. The event will feature Honor Guards, Drum and Pipe Bands, police officers and firefighters from many agencies and organizations throughout the state of Indiana. Other guests will include Indiana State Police Superintendent Dr. Paul Whitsell, Senator David Long, and other state and local dignitaries but most importantly the family members of those who gave the “Ultimate Sacrifice” (their lives) in the line of duty.

The general public is invited to attend this very special dedication.  The event promises to be an inspiring ceremony which will live on in the memories and hearts of all who attend.



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