LONG BRANCH: A new memorial will be built to honor the three Long Branch Police officers who have died in the line of duty over the years.
Long Branch Director of Public Safety Jason Roebuck said a local landscaping supply business has offered to build the memorial for free. He said the owner has roots in Long Branch and that his company does similar projects in other towns each year.
The memorial will be moved from the rear of the building to the east side near the handicap accessible ramp.
The new memorial will be a 5-6 foot granite wall which will be engraved with the names of the city's three fallen officers.
Detective Sgt. Patrick King, 45, died on Nov. 20, 1997 when he was shot at a local restaurant.
Patrolman William Richards, 48, suffered a fatal heart attack while attempting to subdue a suspect on Oct. 23, 1967.
Patrolman Herman Kohler Emmons, was shot and killed on Dec. 17, 1921.
There will also be new landscaping, lighting and flag poles.
A bronze police officer sculpture could also be added to the memorial, but Roebuck said the landscaper will not pay for that aspect of the plan. However, the local PBA is willing to raise the money for the sculpture, which would likely be added.
Roebuck said construction of the memorial could begin soon as long as the weather cooperates.
The Long Branch Council gave the plan its blessing during its Dec. 22 meeting.