Memorial honors local officers who made the ultimate sacrifice | Local government
A ceremony at the Courthouse on Sunday evening celebrated the dedication of the Lincoln County and Lancaster Law Enforcement Memorial.
The memorial honors seven Lincoln police officers and three Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputies who died or were killed in the line of duty. The Police Union and Sheriff’s Association each donated $ 15,000 to the $ 125,000 project.
Lincoln Police investigator Mario Herrera, who was shot dead while serving a warrant in August 2020, is one of 10 law enforcement personnel honored in the memorial.
“The loss of investigator Mario Herrera last year remains fresh in our minds, a tragic reminder of the extremely dangerous work our officers do on our behalf every day,” said Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird.
She said the memorial symbolized the commitment to never forget the sacrifice of investigator Herrera and other local law enforcement officers who lost their lives in service to the community.
“Hundreds of people will see this important monument every day as they pass or visit the city and county building,” Gaylor Baird said. “We hope they will take the time to reflect on the service of the officers who have given their lives in the service of our community, and to reflect on the service of those whose names are carved in granite.”