In 2011, Retired Lieutenant Donald Blake put forth the idea that the memorial fountain that has sat in front of Police Headquarters since 1942, be repaired and made into a better memorial.
He was motivated by not only creating a fitting memorial for those who had given their lives in the service of the city, but by the sad and uninviting condition of the memorial fountain as it was.
It was an eyesore that was only turned on once a year for a memorial ceremony and filled with a product to turn the water blue to look more appealing. The location of the fountain is within sight of of the location of the soon to be built National Law Enforcement Museum, and a block away from the pristinely maintained National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall.
Don and his wife Terry felt strongly that our pathetic and crumbling memorial was an embarrassment and something needed to be done.
After a few bumps, a memorial project committee was formed, but not without careful guidance and advice from Tom Gallagher, who has experience in project management. After identifying the appropriate stake holders, a board was established with the blessing of Chief of Police, Cathy Lanier.
That board continues and is very close to unveiling the plans and concept for the Metropolitan Police Memorial that will be built upon the green space between the Metropolitan Police Headquarters building and the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse.