News: Press Release
For Immediate Release: December 10, 2012 - Contact Lisa E. Kinney, (804) 674-3275
Department of Corrections Employees Donate more than $80,000 to Public Safety Memorial
RICHMOND — Virginia Department of Corrections Director Harold Clarke announced that Corrections employees are donating more than $80,000 to the Virginia Public Safety Foundation to help build the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial. To date, the Department of Corrections’ contribution to the memorial is the largest received from a public safety organization.
“The Employees of the Virginia Department of Corrections are dedicated and committed public servants. Each day they work hard to ensure that the community and the citizens of Virginia are safe,” said Governor Bob McDonnell. “This contribution of hard-earned dollars from public servants is one more example of that commitment.”
The Public Safety Memorial will honor all Virginia public safety heroes who have given their lives in the line of duty and the more than 165,000 public safety officers—including corrections officers—who serve Virginians every day. Darden Memorial Garden near Virginia’s Capitol Square is the future site for the monument.
“The Virginia Department of Corrections’ contribution is an incredible testament to the importance the VADOC family places on taking care of its own,” said Hadden Culp, president of the Virginia Public Safety Foundation (VPSF), the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving as official administrator of the Memorial Fund. “The VADOC’s donation to the Memorial Fund is the largest from a public safety agency or organization and the second-largest contribution of any kind to date. I can see how much they value this project and it inspires me to redouble our efforts to see its completion in 2013.”
More than 770 men and women killed in the line of duty will be honored at the memorial when it is completed. The monument will feature a wall of engraved names and will be surrounded by a reflecting pool and garden. The memorial design and location were chosen by a commission composed of public safety officers, elected officials, and three surviors.
“This monument will ensure that the ultimate sacrifice of those who have lost their lives in service to the Commonwealth – and the weight of that sacrifice on their families – will not be forgotten, and will acknowledge those individuals who go to work each day to keep the rest of us safe,” said Secretary of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker.
During ceremonies at the VADOC’s headquarters in Richmond on Friday, November 30, the Department recognized numerous efforts within the agency to raise funds for the Public Safety Memorial, including those of Correctional Officer James Gibson of Harrisonburg Men’s Diversion Center, who was recognized for extraordinary fundraising efforts. Officer Gibson spearheaded a fundraiser by coordinating the sale of a children’s playhouse built entirely of donated materials.
“This heartfelt contribution demonstrates the generosity and compassion of the men and women who work for the Virginia Department of Corrections,” said VADOC’S Deputy Director of Administration N.H. “Cookie” Scott, who spearheaded the agency’s fundraising effort. “This agency is committed to its front-line staff who make the Commonwealth a safer place to live and work. DOC employees understand the risks public safety officers take on a daily basis.”
To learn more about the Virginia Public Safety Foundation and the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial, please visit: http://www.vpsf.org/