Fallen Wichita County deputies and volunteer firefighters will finally have a monument to honor their sacrifice and service.
The idea for this memorial came about five years ago, when the Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy Alumni Association was created.
Members wanted to do anything they could to help, and Sheriff Duke told them the most important thing they need right now is a way to honor those killed in the line of duty.
The first Wichita County officer killed in the line of duty was Constable Sam Abbott Mosely in 1898. Since then, nine more officers and firefighters have fallen.
Now, the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office wants a memorial similar to the one WFPD has, so the legacies of these men can live on.
“A lot of people don’t understand that or know what happened to these men, and it’s very imperative for people to understand that,” Sheriff David Duke said.
That’s where the Citizens Academy alumni come in.
“Sheriff Duke had suggested doing a memorial for the fallen deputies and fallen firefighters, so we discussed it and came up with the idea, so let’s do it,” alumnus Warren Gardner said.
Gardner said the inspiration behind this memorial is not only to honor the officers and firefighters, but to honor and say thank you to their loved ones and descendants.
“We expect them there, as the public we just expect them there, but they don’t have to be there,” he said. “They put their lives on the line for us, so I think it’s important for them and their families to say, ‘We appreciate what you’ve done.'”
“It’s going to be a very beautiful monument,” Sheriff Duke said. “I think a lot of people will be surprised what it’s going to look like. But it’s something I think you’ve got to do for people that have given their lives to protect the community, and the citizen’s of this community, and the entire county, so it’s just going to be something really good.”
There’s still a lot of work and fundraising to be done, but Sheriff Duke said they hope to have the project completed in the next two years.
Through multiple fundraisers, the alumni have already raised the money to put $78,000 into the statue itself, but they still have a long way to go.
To find out how you can help, contact Warren Gardner at (940) 631-8435.