Raleigh Police Memorial ground-breaking takes place Tuesday

From staff reportsDecember 2, 2013 

— Relatives of some of the eight Raleigh police officers who have died in the line of duty will participate in a ground-breaking ceremony for the Raleigh Police Memorial on Tuesday.

The ceremony will take place at noon in front of city hall on West Hargett Street, where the memorial will replace a fountain that was removed earlier this year. The memorial is scheduled to be completed by early summer.

The memorial, designed by Thomas Sayre of the design firm Clearscapes, will feature 21 granite columns at one end of a 64-foot-long water table and a single column at the opposite end, bearing the names of the eight officers killed since the 1920s. The table, which will reflect the sky, will have eight holes representing each fallen officer, and the holes will be lit from below at night.

Three of the eight officers killed on duty died of gunshots. The others died in motor vehicle accidents, including the most recent, Charles Radford Paul III, who died in 2002 when he lost control of his motorcycle as he was trying to catch up with a speeding car on the Beltline.

The Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation, a group of active and retired police officers, planned the memorial and raised money to create it. The foundation is $20,000 short of the $500,000 needed to design and build the memorial, said foundation president Dennis Lane.

For more information on the foundation or the memorial, go to rpdmemorial.wordpress.com.

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