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Park dedicated to fallen CMPD officer

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WBTV) -

A beautiful Sunday afternoon for a park dedication was a long time in the making.

"If Sean was here, he'd be over there on the swingset, watching us all, having a blast," said Bob Clark, father of fallen CMPD Officer Sean Clark. 

The park is in Sean's honor.

CMPD Officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton were shot and killed while responding to a call for help in April 2007. 

A park for Jeff Shelton was created and dedicated in Locust, NC that same year. Several factors delayed the Sean Clark Memorial Park, including funding, but not one person on Sunday had anything but positive and celebratory things to say.
 
Hundreds met at the park's location at Blythe Landing in Huntersville, including dozens and dozens of officers with the North Tryon Division, the division which Clark and Shelton worked. 

The park includes a big playground for kids and a tree-lined memorial garden anyone can walk through. Supporters of the park were able to write personal messages on bricks which make up the walkway. Much of the serenity and vision of this park -- now open to the public -- was the dream of Sean's widow, Sherry Lancaster. 

Sherry spoke, in a smooth, comfortable way, thanking the crowd for supporting her and their two boys.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Major Jeff Estes also spoke, telling the crowd, "When anyone walks through the Sean Clark Memorial Garden remember, freedom comes with a price."

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