Reporting Marie Osborne
DEARBORN HEIGHTS. (WWJ) - Wayne County has unveiled plans for a memorial honoring first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the county.
The memorial, slated for construction at the corner of Hines Dr. and Haggerty Rd. in Plymouth Twp., will include a monument wall listing the names of the fallen first responders, a concrete walkway, a paver plaza, parking, lighting and landscaping.
The 1.5 acre memorial will be funded by a parks millage.
Dearborn Heights Deputy Fire Chief Russel McNamee said the monument will stand as a reminder of the ultimate price paid by these men and women.
“Sometimes incidents happen and people get injured and our memories don’t last as long as a memorial does,” said McNamee. ”And it brings back the memories of what people have really, truly given up in providing service to our communities.”
Westland Deputy Police Chief Mike Matich told WWJ Newsradio 950′s Marie Osborne first responders across the county are very close to one another. So, when there is a loss, it’s a huge loss to everyone.
“I think it’s a great idea. It’s happening very, very quick — and what a great way to honor the people who have given their lives protecting all of us,” Matich said.
Construction will begin in May with completion planned for October.
In addition to the memorial project, Wayne County Parks will be hosting its initial First Responders Memorial Half Marathon and 5K run on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 5. The run will take place on the western end of Hines Park and will end at the new memorial. Wayne County Parks is partnering with Running Fit in producing the event. Proceeds from the races will go toward the maintenance of the memorial.