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Local Teen Raises Money For Memorial To Remember Fallen Heroes

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JACKSON, MICH. (WLNS) -

Two years ago, scout Timothy Johnson decided to go big for his eagle scout project.

"I actually tried to talk him into breaking it down and making a small project, but this project is very near and dear to my heart," said Joe Hankis, Timothy's eagle consular.

His idea? A two piece memorial to remember those who died in the line of duty.

"They put their life on the line to save us," said Johnson. "They're the ones that decided to do this. It's kind of etched into them. Its something that they want do, its something that they love to do."

So the scout with troop 417 decided to raise money to build the memorial at Blackman Park in Jackson.

"Its a forever standing memorial to folks that we've lost in the line of duty, putting fourth their lives to make sure that the citizens, the city are safe," said Jason Senft, captain of the city of Jackson Fire department.

Timothy raised about 10 thousand dollars for the memorial. It cost about $7,500 dollars to build with an extra $2,500 dollars to add more names to the memorial in the future.

"To remember those fallen heroes like that coming from this community, is something special and it gives me a lot of faith in the next generation," said State Senator Mike Nofs.

I just want them to remember that fallen heroes who sacrifice their lives to protect us," said Johnson. "They did everything for or us and because of that it cost their life."

A sacrifice now etched in stone for everyone to see.

A total of 9 police officers and 12 fire fighters in the Jackson area paid the ultimate sacrifice and have their names on the memorial.

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