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LITTLE ELM (June 20, 2018) The Little Elm Honor Park received a large donation last evening at the Town Council meeting as officials of Credit Union of Texas (CUTX) donated $10,000 to the park’s construction.
The donation is among the largest from a single source and matches the Lieutenant category, which covers donations from $10,000 to $24,999. Other levels include the Corporal Level at $1,000 to $4,999; the Sergeant Level at $5,000 to $9,999; the Captain Level at $25,000 to $50,000; and the Chief Level at $50,000 and above.
The Little Elm Honor Park is to be situated on a plot of land facing the Town Hall building at 100 West Eldorado Parkway, and across from the Town’s Public Safety building. In addition to landscaping and appropriate sculptures, the park will include a memorial to the late Detective Jerry Walker who lost his life while responding to a disturbance. Walker was the first Little Elm officer to die in the line of duty, and his death sparked an outpouring of support from the community. His death was one of the factors that gave rise to the idea of the park.
Expanding the park’s purpose to honor all first responders, with a special emphasis on Detective Walker, was subsequently approved by the Town Council and plans were put in place to proceed with the construction.
Officials at CUTX were quick to join in the park’s development, and their donation is a testament to the organization’s appreciation of first responders. “This park will not only pay tribute to Officer Walker, but we also hope it will be a place of peace and comfort for the citizens of Little Elm who rallied together as a true community to cope with such a devastating loss,” said Eric Pointer, CUTX President and CEO. “Through our donation, we are honored to celebrate local first responders who make our communities safe, even at their great risk and sacrifice.”
Town Manager Matt Mueller says the donation is an important one, both because of its size and also because it sets a standard for other organizations to demonstrate their commitment to public safety. “The Honor Park helps us make a strong statement of support for our police and fire personnel,” said Mueller. “Providing a central location for people to gather and collectively honor the sacrifices first responders make every day in keeping us safe is important to us and to the community at large. CUTX is demonstrating its pledge of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us in that noble effort.”
Pointer added that the credit union’s goal is to be actively involved in the communities it serves and help improve the quality of life for residents in those communities. “We have a goal of being actively involved in the communities we serve,” said Pointer, “but our corporate goals are secondary to helping provide a place where Little Elm and surrounding communities can gather to celebrate and show appreciation to our first responders.”
The park is in the midst of a fund-raising campaign offering. In addition to the donation levels mentioned above, individual residents, families and organizations can assist by purchasing bricks that will line the park’s boundaries. Bricks are available for purchase from $100 to $500 and can be personalized with a limited message.
More information is available at www.lehonorpark.com.