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LITTLE ELM, TX (May 16, 2019). The Town of Little Elm held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the Public Safety Honor Park on Wednesday, May 15.
First responders from area departments, elected officials, town employees, sponsors, residents, and other community stakeholders were present for the ceremony.
The idea for the park came about shortly after Little Elm Police Detective Jerry R. Walker was killed in the line of duty on Jan. 17, 2017.
The park features green space, pavilions, archways, benches, trees, and a walkway made up of engraved bricks purchased by the public, many with messages of thanks and gratitude to Walker and the town's first responders.
"It is amazing to see the outpouring of support from the community for this project," said Town Manager Matt Mueller.
Additionally, the park features a statue of a large sheepdog on a rock. The sheepdog looks over statues of sheep which are placed throughout the park.
"The sheepdog looks out for every sheep in the flock. This is an analogy for how first responders and their willingness to risk their safety for others," said Little Elm Police Chief Rodney Harrison.
The inclusion of the sheepdog was not happenstance; Walker embodied the philosophy of protecting the public.
"He saw himself as the sheepdog and took his role of protecting the community very seriously," Harrison said.
The park is located at 102 W. Eldorado Parkway, in front of Town Hall and adjacent to the Little Elm Public Safety Building. Photo credit: Brad Sutton