Memorial effort a good cause

The loss of a police officer, particularly in the line of duty, can wound an entire community. They are our protectors. The men and women who move toward trouble, while the vast majority of us are moving away from it as fast as our legs or cars will take us.

Our community can remember the collective pain when we lost Georgetown officer Chad Spicer this fall. We remember the stories about how he was a dedicated officer, and committed father. We remember the outrage at the senseless act of violence that took his life, the massive manhunt for his killer that ensued and the images of other law enforcement officers mourning his passing and sharing stories.

It’s not a nameless, faceless officer when it happens to your own community. And state and law enforcement officials are making sure that all the fallen officers before and since are remembered.

Both the state House and Senate have given their unanimous support to building a law-enforcement memorial at Legislative Hall in Dover. Now the Delaware Police Chiefs’ Council, the Delaware Police Chiefs’ Foundation, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Delaware State Troopers Association is putting forth a massive fundraising effort to make the memorial a reality.

One such event is a golf tournament at Bear Trap Dunes Golf Course on Friday, April 9, at 1:30 p.m. Organizers, such as Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin and Kathy Skiles, hope to raise $30,000 for the memorial, through foursome costs, a 50/50 raffle and other prizes and auctions. It’s a big number, but one that is possible through generous donations from the community.

“A lot of restaurants and businesses have stepped up to the plate,” said McLaughlin, “but we need more — and we need golfers.”

This is a very worthwile event, and one we hope this area throws its support behind. The efforts of few can impact many, and that is true for both the officers who have given their lives for others, as well as those people who can make contributions.

For more information, call Skiles at (302) 388-4730.