INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Memorials honoring Marion County police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty are now going up throughout the metro area.
The First Fallen Officer Legacy Project plaque was affixed to a sign near McCord Park in the 600 block of East 36th Street Wednesday afternoon. It honors Officer William Whitfield who was shot to death on duty in 1922.
Eventually, more than 100 memorial plaques will be erected in Marion County, marking the locations were an officer fell.
“And for the citizens of Indianapolis who have been so supportive of law enforcement for decades, I would simply say as you see these markers being posted around your city, take a moment and reflect upon the loss,” said Public Safety Director Troy Riggs.
The first five plaques will honor the first officer, the first patrolwoman, the first African American officer and first sheriff’s deputy to die in the line of duty. One of those honored with include David Moore, who was the first Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer to be killed when he was shot in January of 2011.