Statues representing fallen officers to be placed at Fallen Heroes Plaza - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Statues representing fallen officers to be placed at Fallen Heroes Plaza

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - On Wednesday May 14 at 1:00 p.m. three statues representing fallen police officers commissioned by the Coeur d'Alene Parks Foundation and the Coeur d'Alene Arts Commission will arrive at the Coeur d'Alene Police Department.

The statues will eventually be placed at the Fallen Heroes Plaza. The plaza is a memorial in Coeur d'Alene developed in Cherry Hill Park behind the Fire Station at 1500 N. 15th St.  The sculpture memorial is dedicated to Idaho firefighters and law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty throughout Idaho's history. They shall not be forgotten.

Fallen Heroes Plaza is sponsored by the Parks Foundation and the Arts Commission in conjunction with a large contribution by the Coeur d'Alene Rotary. Rotary also contributed 13 Washington Cherry trees to the site, and they encompass the courtyard area. Coeur d'Alene Police and Fire Associations are seeking donations to complete the project. Naming recognition opportunities are available on the donor wall. The total cost of the memorial is $165.000.

The memorial site is linked to the 911 Memorial Park to the West of the memorial to emphasize the community service nature of law enforcement and firefighting. The sculptures of police officers are 12 ft. high. They were designed by regional artist Brian M. Schmid who will accompany the statues to Coeur d'Alene.

The individual statues stand in various poses representing a police honor guard formation. These unique, "open form" sculptures are constructed of concrete reinforcement bar (rebar). In addition, a steel artifact from the World Trade Center in New York will be anchored in a basalt column at one entrance to the memorial. A total of 5 statutes have been commissioned. The two yet to be completed are of firefighters.

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