Community gathers for Fallen Heroes Memorial dedication – News – The Ledger – Florida News

Community gathers for Fallen Heroes Memorial dedication – News – The Ledger – Florida News

The Lakeland Police Department honored their loved ones, fallen officers, Monday with the dedication of the Fallen Heroes Memorial.

LAKELAND — A sister. A daughter. A wife. 


The Lakeland Police Department honored their loved ones, fallen officers, Monday with the dedication of the Fallen Heroes Memorial.


The unveiling of a bronze honor guard sculpture and glass plaques etched with the names and likenesses of the five fallen officers took place in front of more than 100 members of the community at the Police Department headquarters in downtown Lakeland.


“Each family of the fallen officers has sacrificed and suffered the ultimate loss of someone very special in their lives,” Police Chief Larry Giddens said. “It is my sincerest hope that we never add another name to this memorial.”


Officer Brenda Crispin, along with six family members, placed a rose at her brother Officer Arnulfo Crispin’s plaque.


Arnulfo Crispin was shot and killed Dec. 21, 2011, by a suspect while he was checking another for weapons. He was 25 years old and a Lakeland police officer for 18 months.


Brenda Crispin, who was pursuing a career in the medical field, became an officer three years later in memory of her brother.


“Not a day goes by where I don’t think about him,” Brenda Crispin said. “The memorial is beautiful and something we’ll have forever as a place to go for comfort and peace.”


Family members of other fallen officers shared similar sentiments. 


Pamela Axsom, daughter of Officer Carl H. Cushman, traveled from Charlotte, N.C. with her husband, Michael, to witness the…

click here to read more.

Share this post

Post Comment