The Broward County Commission signed off this afternoon on plans to create a Broward County Police Memorial Wall of Honor in Markham Park in Sunrise.
The one million dollar memorial will honor the more than 50 officers killed in the line of duty in Broward County dating back to 1914.
The memorial, which is paid for through private and public donations, is modeled after one in Tropical Park honoring fallen officers in Miami-Dade.
One of the names that will be etched on the wall is that of BSO Detective Todd Fatta. He was killed in 2004 when he was serving a warrant on Kenneth Wilk, a registered sex offender.
Fatta’s mother Josephine called it “an honor” that her son would forever be remembered on the memorial.
“I think it’s great,” she told me, choking back tears. “My son wanted to be in law enforcement and then it ended in such a tragedy in 2004. I’m glad they’re remembering my son and the other fallen officers in this memorial.”
A groundbreaking for the memorial — which will encompass one acre in Markham Park — is scheduled for February 26 at noon. Much of the work and materials that would create the memorial are being donated by local companies.
To read about the memorial and the organization behind it — Police Honor Guard of Broward County — CLICK HERE.
I’ll have more on the story later after speaking with organizers of the memorial.