LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As crews rip down the former Godeke Library, organizers of the Lubbock Regional Public Safety Memorial build support. Committee members say they're excited to have the new site and to get they project back in the public eye.
It's been almost six years since they broke ground at the former location on Slide Road. Those who've lost loved ones in the line duty are also appreciative, saying it's an honor for the community to recognize first responders' service.
Community leaders broke ground for the Lubbock Regional Public Safety Memorial on September 11, 2004. At that time, the memorial was to be placed in Jack Stevens park at 75th Street and Slide Road.
In attendance that day was Lubbock County Sheriff's Corporal D. Robert Harvey. No one knew that four and a half-years later his would be one of the names placed on the memorial.
Harvey died in the line of duty on April 26, 2009. "They lost their lives for this community, and I think it's just awesome that the community is paying respect," Harvey's widow Stacy Harvey said.
Stacy Harvey says their children learned their dad would be honored Tuesday afternoon, when they saw crews ripping down the old Godeke Library. "My kids loved to go into that library, so they had asked what's going on, and I told them they're putting up a public safety memorial there, and they asked will dad's name be on there, and I told them yes, and they said, well then we can go see it any time," Harvey said.
Council approved a measure moving the memorial to the former Godeke sight in February. "We're very glad and proud that the Godeke location is not going to go to waste," DPS Corporal John Gonzalez said.
Gonzales is on the memorial committee. He says several costs will be cut, due to infrastructure that's already on location. "This is a new relief for us, because starting from scratch was just so expensive," Gonzalez said.
He says organizers did not anticipate building the memorial would take this long, but it was never forgotten. Now, they're re-energized to construct a tribute to the service of those men and women who sacrificed all, as Corporal Harvey did. "Corporal Harvey will be remembered from now until eternity," Gonzalez said.
Stacy Harvey says she's proud to have a lasting tribute in the community her husband served, especially for her children and beyond. "This way there will be something here we can go to at any time, so that they can see their dad's name on the wall," Harvey said.
The Harvey family will got to Washington, D.C. in May to see Corporal Harvey's name added to a national memorial. Meanwhile, organizers here are still raising funds.
The Lubbock Regional Public Safety Memorial honors first responders in Lubbock and 14 surrounding counties. If you have questions or would like to donate, you may call Corporal John Gonzalez directly at (806) 775-2762. (Click Here) to visit the LRPSM web site.
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