Cottonwood Law Enforcement Statue unveiled (with photo gallery)

Statue Committee members (l-r) Jim Iacovacci, Dick Murie, John McTurk, Kevin Murie, Julie Murie,  Chief Jody Fanning, (statue), Diana Lassen-Joens, Melissa Stearley, Monica Kuhlt, Paul Lagoy,  Curt Glassman, Tate Stearley. Committee members not shown include Monette Fanning, Jeff Jones, Sculptor Neil Logan, Allen Marx and Cheri Marx VVN/Jon Pelletier

Statue Committee members (l-r) Jim Iacovacci, Dick Murie, John McTurk, Kevin Murie, Julie Murie, Chief Jody Fanning, (statue), Diana Lassen-Joens, Melissa Stearley, Monica Kuhlt, Paul Lagoy, Curt Glassman, Tate Stearley. Committee members not shown include Monette Fanning, Jeff Jones, Sculptor Neil Logan, Allen Marx and Cheri Marx VVN/Jon Pelletier

COTTONWOOD-- Cottonwood Police and their many friends and supporters unveiled the Law Enforcement Heroes Statue Friday.

Former Flint, Mich., Police Lieutenant Jim Iacovacci and sculptor Neil Logan created Law Enforcement Creations to honor those fallen or served in the line of duty.

"I had helped the police chief in Flagstaff do fundraising for a statue there and Chief Fanning knew about it and knew I was involved and wanted something similar here," said Iacovacci.

A committee was formed to create the image. The statue depicts an officer holding a flag. A flag is presented two times during an officer's life: when an officer retires and when he dies. So it commemorates those milestones for all officers.

Private and corporate donations contributed the approximately $70,000 cost of the creation and mounting of the statue in the pathway garden at the Cottonwood Police Station.

Fundraising has already begun to recognize with a statue the K-9 officers who have represented the city.

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