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Raleigh Police and members of City Council broke ground on a memorial for officers who have died in the line of duty. Raleigh Police and members of City Council broke ground on a memorial for officers who have died in the line of duty.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The Raleigh Police Department and members of City Council broke ground Tuesday on a memorial for officers who have died in the line of duty.

A ceremony was held at noon at the entrance to the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, where the memorial will be installed.

The $500,000 memorial will feature 21 stone structures of granite representing the community, and a 60-foot water table reflecting the sky.

"It's not the traditional memorial," retired Raleigh Police Major Dennis Lane said. "We wanted something unique. Raleigh is a unique place to live. We think our department is unique and we wanted something along those lines."

Lane is the president of the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation, which was founded in 2009 by a group of active and retired Raleigh police officers. The foundation has raised funds to support the construction of the police memorial, but is about $20,000 short of its goal.

Donations to the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation can be made through the foundation's website.

The Raleigh Police Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty are:

  • Officer Tom G. Crabtree (Sept. 1, 1922)
  • Officer Robert E. Sparks (March 8, 1968)
  • Officer James W. Allen (Dec. 5, 1968)
  • Officer James G. Lee (Dec. 5, 1968)
  • Officer Delma D. Adams (Feb. 3, 1980)
  • Officer Denis Holden (Aug. 4, 1995)
  • Detective Paul A. Hale (July 11, 1997)
  • Officer Charles R. Paul (Sept. 10, 2002)

Speakers at today's ceremony were Lane, Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown and Police Chaplain Rev. Paul Anderson, who delivered a blessing on the project.

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