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Scout designs Jacksonville law enforcement memorial

7:47 PM, May 1, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A police officer's job is to protect and to serve and sometimes that means losing his life in the line of duty.

Shannon Padilla, a JSO Officer, is familiar with the dangers of the job. 

"My father is a police officer, my brother is a police officer, I'm a police officer so it is kind of in the family," said Padilla.

Padilla and his son Adam Resch were discussing a scouting project and Jacksonville's Law Enforcement Memorial wall became the focus.

"We really have nothing to significant to honor them," said Padilla. "That is my project."

Resch, who is working toward becoming an Eagle Scout, designed the wall and excited those in power to move forward with the project.

"He's been pushing for two and half years for this to happen and we finally have a spot," said Padilla.

Teresa Eichner, political director with the Fraternal Order of Police, said the idea is long overdue.

"I think that is one way we can celebrate the life and the service they gave and the sacrifice they've made," said Eichner. "We're looking at getting this out of the ground."

The law enforcement memorial wall has been approved by the Jacksonville City Council.

"I'm really glad to see this," said Charles Shinholser.

Shinholser heads Northeast Florida C.O.P.S., Concerns of Police Survivors.

"Most people don't understand what these officers go through or what their families go through," he said.

Shinholser was never a law enforcement officer, but he knows the pain of losing someone killed in the line of duty.

In 1988, Shinholser's son Ray was killed in the line of duty after he hit on his police motorcycle.

Ironically, Ray Shinholser was in the process of raising funds to help build a national law enforcement memorial in Washington, DC.

"He sat down one night at the Greyhound bus station, where he was working and wrote a song," said Shinholser. "The day after he recorded it he was killed."

The song is named, "When is daddy coming home?". 

Shinholser said it raised $10,000 to help build the national law enforcement memorial.

The budget for the Jacksonville Law Enforcement Memorial is about $250 thousand.

The ground breaking is scheduled for May 28 and the memorial will be built in front of the Veteran's Memorial Arena.

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