Statue dedicated of slain Terre Haute officer
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) -- A life-size statue of a city police officer slain nearly two years ago and his dog has been dedicated outside Terre Haute's police headquarters.
The ceremony Thursday also honored all 12 city officers who've died in the line of duty.
Police Chief John Plasse said their names will be included on memorial markers that will go around the statue of Officer Brent Long when it is permanently placed at the new police department offices, the Tribune-Star reported (http://bit.ly/13mdFn9 ).
"We will never forget their service or sacrifice," Plasse said.
Long was fatally shot in July 2011 while working with a federal fugitive task force trying to serve an arrest warrant at a Terre Haute home. The man wanted on the warrant, Shaun Seeley, shot Long and his police dog, Shadow, before fatally shooting himself.
Shadow recovered after being shot in the jaw during the confrontation but is retired from police service.
The statue was designed by Terre Haute artist Bill Wolfe and cast in bronze.
"For now, he's a permanent reminder of what our officers face," Plasse said of Long's statue. "Just looking in his eyes, sometimes it opens the wound again, and you realize Brent's not here."
Information from: Tribune-Star, http://www.tribstar.com