The City of Tempe wants to honor those who have died protecting our community with a new Public Safety Memorial at the entrance of Tempe Beach Park at Tempe Town Lake.
The memorial will honor the Tempe firefighters, police officers and canines who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Not only will this memorial serve as a tribute to our fallen heroes, it will serve as a place where families, friends and the community can come together to honor them.
The Tempe Police Department has lost five officers since 1919 and Tempe Fire, Medical Rescue has lost one firefighter. Tempe has also lost two canine officers. Read the stories of those who died in the line of duty.
Pending unforeseen events, this is the expected timeline for the creation of the Tempe Public Safety Memorial:
Current Work: Donations to fund the design and construction of the memorial are being sought. Click here to donate online.
April 2015: Community Meeting - give us your ideas. The date for this meeting will be announced in 2015.
July 1, 2015: City of Tempe Public Art will send out a call to artists to solicit designs for the memorial. Get more details about the Tempe Public Art process.
September 2015: Tempe City Council will hear information about the final concepts.
Summer 2016: Installation of the memorial will begin.
Sept. 11, 2016: The Tempe Public Safety Memorial is unveiled
You Can Help
The City of Tempe is committed to honoring its heroes and has set aside $175,000 in public funds. An additional $175,000 needs to be raised. Donations are being collected now by the Tempe Police Foundation, a non-profit 501-c3, to fund the design and construction of this memorial. All donations are tax-deductible. You may donate online here.
Honor the Fallen at Tempe Healing Field
Tempe public safety staff will be at the Tempe Healing Field at Tempe Beach Park from 6 a.m.-noon on Sept. 11, 2014 to share information about the memorial. Join them as they honored those who lost their lives on Sept. 11 and in the conflicts that ensued thereafter.
For more information about the Tempe Public Safety Memorial, please contact Asst. Police Chief Angel Carbajal.