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Permanent Memorial

Our long-term goal is to build a permanent outdoor Memorial—in honor of those whose ultimate sacrifice helped keep their communities safe. Our plan calls for this to be a unique, awe-inspiring work of art that will ensure those fallen heroes are never forgotten. And for it to serve as an immortal tribute to the living—the officers who risk their lives for the people of this county every day.

Within the last few years we secured the ideal location for the memorial’s permanent home, and found a professional artist to bring it to life. Since then we’ve been ramping up our fundraising efforts to get it built, and to date have received numerous donations. 

As just one example, on 5/11/22 the combined 2022 Sinclair Police Academies presented us a $500+ check—which they raised through a number of funding efforts including a ‘No Shave’ event. 

But the key donation that allowed us to move forward came from the Dayton Masonic Foundation. After years spent unsuccessfully searching for the perfect location, the Masons stepped up and magnanimously provided the answer. When they donated us a 1-acre site on an idyllic downtown Dayton hillside overlooking the river and skyline. 

With the site secured we could then move forward on finding someone to envision the memorial. So we held a nationwide Juried Arts Competition that yielded design proposals from 58 artists living in 28 States. From three semi-finalists our Jurors then selected the winning artist, who is currently finalizing his awe-inspiring design.