BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The city honored its men and women in blue Monday by opening a new police memorial in front of police headquarters at 300 Congress Street.
Mayor Bill Finch, Police Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr. and members of the force attended the morning ceremony.
“This memorial has been a long time in the making, but we’re proud to be able to give such a tribute to those who sacrifice day in and day out to keep our kids and families safe from harm,” Finch said. “And, we’re especially proud and humbled to pay tribute to those who have given their lives for the safety and security of our city.”
The memorial, which stands between police headquarters and City Hall, contains a bronze statue of a police officer walking with two children, an engraving of the seal of the city of Bridgeport, and podium engraved with “A Police Officer’s Prayer.”
“This is a memorial for all the officers that made the ultimate sacrifice for the Bridgeport Police Department,” Gaudett said. “The memorial also serves as a reminder to our officers to remain vigilant.”
The memorial is surrounded by newly planted trees and a fountain. Park benches will soon be installed in the area as well.
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