Iowa Plaza Honoring First Responders to Begin Construction

📅   Tue May 30, 2017 - National Edition


The bronze statues include a male firefighter assisting an injured child, a female deputy sheriff, a male police officer with a K9 police dog and a male state trooper. 
Photo: Jon Leu/ NonPareil Online
The bronze statues include a male firefighter assisting an injured child, a female deputy sheriff, a male police officer with a K9 police dog and a male state trooper. Photo: Jon Leu/ NonPareil Online

Work will begin this summer on a plaza in western Iowa honoring law enforcement officers and firefighters.

The Daily Nonpareil (http://bit.ly/2r7xZvi ) reports that preliminary construction of the plaza in Council Bluffs is scheduled to begin June 17.

Council Bluffs residents Lloyd Marsh and Ron Mahoney thought of the idea for the plaza a few months after the fatal shooting of Omaha, Nebraska, officer and Council Bluffs resident Kerrie Orozco on May 20, 2015.

Mahoney and his wife, Suzanne, commissioned Omaha sculptor John Lajba to create four bronze statues for the plaza. They'll include a male firefighter assisting an injured child, a female deputy sheriff, a male police officer with a K9 police dog and a male state trooper.

Orozco was killed when Marcus Wheeler shot at officers who were trying to arrest him. Wheeler was killed by another officer.