CHAMPAIGN -- Some of the city's bravest and finest were honored Tuesday night for their ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. A memorial in West Side Park was dedicated to fallen first responders.
Officer Thomas Dodsworth was killed in 1913, Officer Robert Tatman was killed in 1967, and Firefighter Edward Hoffman was killed in a house fire in 1960. Hoffman's daughter was there. It was an emotional time for her.
For nearly seven years, the Fire and Police Memorial Committee has been trying to replace the old statute which was created in 1913. More than $100,000 was raised for the memorial.
CHAMPAIGN -- It's been more than 100 years since the last police and fire memorial. Tuesday, a new tribute is being dedicated to those who gave their lives in the line of duty. Some family and friends of those fallen heroes are on hand to see the dedication.
The memorial honors Officer Thomas Dodsworth who was shot in 1913, Officer Robert Tatman who was shot in 1967 and Firefighter Edward Hoffman who died in a house fire in 1960. The memorial has two life-sized bronze statues.
For nearly seven years, the Fire and Police Memorial Committee has been trying to replace the old statue which was created in 1913. More than $100,000 was raised for the memorial. An honor guard display will take place during the dedication.
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