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Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Site Dedication
The winning design for the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Monument was unveiled at a press conference in Lansing on February 8, 2007.
“Moving the monument to the design stage is an historic milestone,” said police
survivor Kathy Cole, Chairperson of the Commission. “It represents years of hard
work, hundreds of hours of preparation, and the hopes of many survivors that this
Memorial would become a reality.”

Against a backdrop of uniformed police officers in the Atrium of Constitution Hall,
Michigan’s Attorney General Mike Cox remembered three Detroit Police
Department officers—Officer Jerry Philpot, Officer Michael Scanlon, and Officer
Neil Wells. All three officers had previously helped Attorney General Cox in his
investigations, and all three lost their lives in the line of duty.

Other speakers included Lt. Colonel Timothy Yungfer from the Michigan State
Police, representing Governor Jennifer Granholm, and Lansing Mayor Virg
Bernero. Larry Julian, former State Representative, who sponsored the
legislation for the Memorial Commission in 2004, said, “This memorial will serve
for eternity, the memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of
each of us, our families and our great State.”

Lt. Kevin Sommers from the Warren Police Department presented the
Commission with a $2000 check from the Christopher M. Wouters Family
Foundation. D/Sgt. Wouters, killed in the line of duty in 2000, was a friend and
co-worker of Lt. Sommers.

Commission Vice Chairperson and police survivor Lin Emmert introduced the
design finalist and said, “We feel strongly that the chosen design recognizes,
honors, and respects the ultimate sacrifice made by our fallen law enforcement
heroes.” David Milling, of David Milling & Associates/Architects of Ann Arbor, was
then called upon to present his winning design, called “Sentinel.” It is composed
of 21 sentinels—4’ X 8’ glass panels engraved with the names of fallen officers—
‘standing vigil over the memories of those lost.’ The panels march from west to
east and will be lit from below. The transparency of the panels provides a sense
of strength and stability due to their scale, allows for security/visibility of the site,
and permits visibility of the Vietnam Memorial from Allegan Street. It is planned
that names will be added at random so that no panels are empty, while allowing
for the inclusion of officers newly-discovered from the past.

David Milling donated his first prize check back to the Memorial Commission.
Todd Perry, of Chesaning, took both third and fourth place in the competition.
Gilbert Olds of Lake Orion and Mary Johnson of Okemos took second place in
this statewide competition for the Memorial design, which ended in December,
2006. Four finalists were chosen from the submissions, and the winning design
subsequently selected in January, 2007.

This monument will celebrate and honor the lives of 529 law enforcement officers
who died in the line of duty while serving the citizens of this state. The memorial
site is located within the Michigan Capitol Park, at the corner of Allegan Street
and Butler Boulevard, and directly south of the Vietnam Memorial, near the State
Capitol in Lansing.

The Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument Fund Commission
was created by Public Act 177 of 2004. The Commission includes four survivors
of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, a police chaplain, a
representative of the Attorney General, and a representative of the State
Treasurer. The legislature directed the Commission to oversee the financing,
design, and construction of a memorial monument dedicated to law enforcement
officers who have died in the line of duty.

A major fundraising campaign is about to begin for construction of the Memorial.
It is estimated that the Memorial will cost up to $3 million. According to
Chairperson Cole, a 2008 groundbreaking is anticipated.
Michigan Law Enforcement
                                      Officers Memorial

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