They say by next year they want to build two bronze statues on the courthouse lawn in memory of those fallen men. They've got the idea, now all they need are the funds-- and that's where they are looking for the community's help.
They are the often unsung heroes who put their life on the line to ensure our safety. In Wichita County, almost a dozen law enforcement and volunteer fire fighters have died while on duty.
The oldest dating back to 1898, Deputy Constable Sam Abbott Mosley, the victim of a shooting. But now more than 100 years later the Wichita County Sheriff's Citizens Alumni Association and Sheriff David Duke want to honor these men.
"It's always been his dream. He wanted to honor these men that's served in the fires the deputies in the county," said Willie Howard President of Wichita County Sheriff's Citizens Alumni Association.
Their plan is to build two bronze statues and put them on the Wichita County Courthouse lawn. The memorial will honor all not just county law enforcement, but volunteer fire fighters as well. Like Chief William Irvin Garland who drowned in 1935 trying to rescue a person during a flood.
"I feel like people will get an honor out of it knowing that we can honor these men and women that were involved in whatever," said Howard.
A volunteer fire fighter himself, the memorial holds a special place in Howard's heart.
"To me it would be an honor, I am a volunteer firemen, and it would be an honor to me if something happened to me that my name would be up there and for my family and my friends," said Howard.
There are several ways you help contribute money to this memorial. Currently draw tickets for a riffle are being sold $5 each or 5 for $20. The winner will be drawn in October at the Gun and Knife show. On June 15th there will be a Golf Tournament at Champions Golf Course and September 8th will be a car show at Red River Harley Davidson in conjunction with their open house.
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