SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A new monument dedicated to law enforcement officers from Rowan County who died in the line of duty will be dedicated on Thursday afternoon.
The monument is located on the left side of the front of the Rowan County Courthouse on N. Main Street. The 2:00 pm dedication is open to the public.
The monument includes the names of twelve individuals who have died in the line of duty from local law enforcement agencies.
“We hope we never have to add another name,” said Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten.
The dedication coincides with National Police Week.
According to Sheriff Auten, the idea for the monument originated with Rowan County Commissioner Mike Caskey. Deputy Wes Smith and wife Trish, who frequently take motorcycle trips to see courthouses and monuments across the state, provided input to a committee that was formed.
Jeff Hall and the staff at Rowan Public Library were also instrumental in the design, along with Mark Lowman.
The dedication will include remarks by Salisbury Mayor Al Heggins, Rowan County Commission Chairman Greg Edds, Matt Martin from the US Attorney’s Office, and Bobby Clement, the son of fallen police officer Robert Clement.