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Wayne County to Erect Memorial for Fallen First Responders

Trenton police officer Robert D. Pare who lost his life while serving will have his name placed on the wall.

A memorial to be erected this year will honor fallen first responders from fire and police departments across Wayne County including Trenton.

An unveiling was held Tuesday at Warren Valley Banquet Center in Dearborn Heights, where Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano joined mayors, as well as fire and police personnel, for the announcement.

“This memorial will stand as a beautiful tribute to honor and remember those brave men and women, whom, while on-duty for a Wayne County Community, selflessly made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve us all,” Ficano said.

"We hope we never have to add another name after today," he added.

Construction is slated to run May 1 through September for the memorial, which will sit at the corner of Hines Drive and Haggerty Road in Plymouth Township. It will include monuments, seat walls, concrete walkways, a paver plaza, site furnishings, planting as well parking and lighting. 

"We wanted it to be peaceful, serene—and at the same time, because we're doing it in Hines Park—it couldn't flood," Ficano said.

The monument will include the name Robert D. Pare, a Trenton police officer who was killed in the line of duty.

No Trenton or Grosse Ile fire fighters or Grosse Ile police officers have been killed while serving, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page and U.S. Fire Administration websites.

In addition to the memorial project, Wayne County Parks will be hosting its initial First Responders Memorial Half Marathon and 5K run on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.

The run will take place on the western end of Hines Park and will end at the new memorial. Wayne County Parks is partnering with Running Fit in producing the event. Proceeds from the races will go toward the maintenance of the First Responders Memorial.

The creation of the Wayne County First Responders Memorial is being funded through the county parks millage.

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Don Downriver February 13, 2013 at 12:07 AM
Hey Nate Steman since Robert Pare from Trenton why dont you put an article about his life working for Trenton Police, I know he was killing sometime in 1968 personally, but never knew how he he was killed, or anything about the man, except what was told to me by other officers, would you care to set the record straight to our readers, it would make a great article. thanks DD...
Nate Stemen (Editor) February 13, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Don, That sounds like an excellent idea for an article. Let me look into it. Thanks. NS

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