Fallen Officers Honored with Statue

The Fayetteville Police Department recently bought a memorial statue to honor fallen soldiers.

Sgt. Craig Stout said it’s a tribute to those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice: protecting the people of Fayetteville.

Since the department was established in 1870, two officers there have been killed in the line of duty.

The first officer, City Marshall William D. Patton was shot and killed near the Fayetteville sqaure on July 2, 1881.

The second officer, Patrolman Lem McPherson was shot and killed near Willow Avenue and Center Street on April 28, 1928.

The stone statue was placed in front of the building Friday (Feb. 1)

Sgt. Stout said they hope to continue adding to the memorial, with landscaping and lights.

“It’s been a very long process but we wanted to make sure that we got it right and just got something that we felt was a fitting tribute to these men who gave their lives in the line of duty,” Sgt. Stout said.

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