Public Safety Memorial
Public Safety Memorial honors hometown heroes
Lately, many driving along 6th Street have noticed city crews pouring concrete, installing lighting and planting a rose garden. This construction is for the new Public Safety Memorial on the lawn in front of the Civic Center.
When finished, the Memorial will have separate upright slabs of black granite listing the names of Beaumont and Cherry Valley police officers and firefighters who died in the line of duty; or to recognize those who served our communities during their lifetime.
Two bronze statues that depict a kneeling police officer and a kneeling firefighter will be part of the Memorial.
The setting will also include four granite benches donated by local organizations to add dignity and comfort in the rose garden setting:
- Beaumont Police Officers Association bench: in memory of Lt. John Acosta, a longtime member of the Beaumont Police Department, who lost a battle to cancer.
- City of Beaumont Bench: in memory of the crew of U.S. Forest Service Engine 57. In 2006, the crew died fighting the Esperanza Fire in Cabazon. The fallen firefighters are Fire Capt. Mark Loutzenhiser, Engineer Jess McLean, Assistant Engineer Jason McKay, Firefighter Pablo Cerda, and Firefighter Daniel Hoover-Najera. McLean was a Beaumont resident.
- Beaumont Fire Department bench: in memory of Fire Volunteer Scott Karnitz, who died in 1982 while helping a traffic accident victim along Highway 60.
- Cherry Festival Association bench honoring all local public safety personnel for their service.
After a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 19,2012, the City held a fundraiser at the Civic Center. During the event, they ate chili dogs, bought raffle tickets and raised their hands during an auction where supporters bid on everything from lunch with Beaumont Police Chief Frank Coe to a helicopter ride with the Fontana Police Department.
Through the community’s generosity, more than $8,000 was raised. Supporters were also able to pre-purchase “Memorial” bricks for $100 that will line the Memorial with personal messages. “Memorial” challenge coins were also on sale for $15.
Honoring a loved one
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Applications will soon be available and must be returned by May 16, 2013. An official dedication ceremony is scheduled for July 4, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Memorial Bricks and limited edition Public Safety Memorial Challenge Coins are available for purchase at the Beaumont Civic Center, located at 550 E. 6th Street. Donations may be earmarked for the “Public Safety Memorial Fund” and mailed to the Beaumont Civic Center, 550 E. 6th St., Beaumont, Ca. 92223. For additional information, please call 951-769-8520.
* additional photos of the ribbon cutting event are available on our Facebook page!