FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Finker Frenkel Family Foundation, a family-run foundation, donated the funding to honor the memory of the 61 police officers that have been killed in the past 178 years in Jacksonville, Florida.
The donation allowed for the creation of three new statues, a granite wall, and an eternal flame. The statues flank the black granite memorial wall containing the names of the fallen officers’ engraved for all to see. The original idea for a memorial Wall was brought to the Finker Frenkel foundation by Eagle Scout Adam Resch.
The new statues include two officers standing on either side of the curved wall while another depicts an officer kneeling in front of it, placing a red rose near the blue line that encircles the memorial in a semblance of paying tribute to those who have given their lives in the line of duty. There is also a new granite cube thanking the Finker-Frenkel Family Foundation for the donation and a kiosk with information about the memorial.
An article on Jacksonville.com noted that some 200 family members of the fallen attended the ceremony. During the ceremony, officer Mike Richardson read a roll call of the 61 names on the wall, which was followed by a Flag Fold Presentation and “Twenty-One Gun Salute” by the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office Honor Guard. A “Missing Man” flyover was conducted by the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office Aviation Unit. Dr. Lazar Finker and Eugene Frenkel from the foundation spoke at the ceremony, paying tribute to the fallen soldiers and thanking the men, women and families who serve our communities.
“We are happy to have been able to honor 61 fallen officers through this donation and attend the ceremony for its unveiling,” says Dr. Finker, philanthropist and director of the Finker Frenkel Family Foundation. “We believe this memorial wall not only rallies united support for the families of fallen officers in Jacksonville but across the United States as well.”