May 15, 2013, the Covina Police Department was joined by local government officials, representatives from other police agencies, and private citizens for the dedication of the Covina Police Officer Memorial. The ceremony took place at the Covina Police Department, and featured the many traditions associated with honoring fallen peace officers. The Covina Police Memorial was made possible by generous donations from private citizens, businesses, other law enforcement agencies, and retired police officers.
The Covina Police Officer Memorial is directly in front of the Covina Police Department's front lobby doors. It's foundation and bronze plates convey the strength, courage and valor that are the hallmarks of those who serve in law enforcement. An inscription on the Memorial Wall explains the uplifting spirit that will be felt by every visitor. It also mirrors the inscription found on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial: "In valor, there is hope."
The on-duty traffic collision that took Covina Police Sergeant Scott Hanson's life occurred August 14, 2003. Chief Kim Raney said, "Sadly and appropriately, we were able to enshrine Sergeant Hanson's name in front of the Police Department where he served for 20 years. As long as this building is standing, the Memorial will hold a place of honor and prominence, a reminder to both the public and all of us the true cost of public safety". The Covina Police Department thanks the many contributors who saw this Memorial project through to its completion. All members of the Covina Police Department are proud for what this memorial represents and we hope the public shares the same sentiment. The Memorial serves as a place for all to reflect on the ultimate sacrifices made by law enforcement professionals across the United States.
Vision and Ground Breaking
When fundraising for the Covina Police Memorial began during National Police Week in May 2012, the effort immediately gained positive support from the community. Generous donations were received from private citizens, businesses, other law enforcement agencies, retired police officers, and many others. Approximately $50,000 in cash contributions were made along with many in-kind donation. Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries offered a cash donation, as well as the bronze and three-demensional artwork associated with the Memorial project. Additionally, the Covina Chamber of Commerce and Covina Police Department cosponsored a golf tournament at the South Hills Country Club. This golf tournament was a unique opportunity because the proceeds assisted both the Chamber as well as this memorial project. The golf tournament was a tremendous success and allowed the Covina Police Department to move into the construction phase of the project.
The Memorial Project Committee partnered with a Pasadena architect, Douglas Ewing, whose vision for the memorial fit the needs of the Covina Police Department [Artist Rendering Above]. Ground breaking for the Memorial took place on Monday February 11, 2013. The ground breaking ceremony included City Council members, police department command staff and Memorial project committee members as well as the Hanson family.
A partial list of ground breaking attendees include Andrew Hanson; surviving son of Sergeant Scott A. Hanson, Kevin Stapleton; Former Mayor, Walter Allen; Mayor, Daryl Parrish; City Manager, Kim Raney; Chief of Police