The Montgomery County Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation is looking to build a momument to honor the deaths of officers throughout the county killed in the line of duty.
The organization is in the early planning stages and looking for a location for the monument, said Kurt Althouse, chair of the foundation committee and the Vandalia police chief. The monument would be inscribed with the names of Montgomery County officers who have died on the job.
Thirty-eight officers have been killed in the county. The most recent was Mary Beall, who was shot in the neck in 2000 while negotiating with an armed suspect. She died of an infection caused by the injury in 2002.
Althouse said the monument will serve as a place of reflection for both current officers the families of those who have died.
“It’s important that the community and the public remember the person who gave their life protecting that community,” he said.