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Winter Haven Police Department unveil new statue "The Protector"
Recent Events (Police)

Captain Charlie Bird of the Winter Haven Police Department

explains how the statue "The Prottector" came about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 years ago former Chief David Romine started the idea of putting  a bronze statue in front of the new police department to be built.

This idea caught on and numerous people became involved in a project that would ultimately take 11 years to complete. Feb 2001

was when the campaign officially started. The project continued through 4 different police administration.

It took numerous contributions, from many different citizen to make it happen. One group of fundraisers that helped was the 2003-2004

Garner Elementary School Students. This class of students took on the challenge to help show appreciation for what they called "their

local heroes". They called their fundraiser "It's our turn". Meaning it's our turn to share and take responsibility for the statue. The

students set up empty milk jugs all around the school for students to put their loose change into. In 2005 Garner gave the Winter

Haven Police Department a check for $1000.00. This is just one example of how the community came together to help and

show support for the local Police Department.

 

 

The Statue design was created by Brodin Studios in 1987.It depicted a law enforcement officer  as a  role model, showing Strength,

Character and compassion. It was later given the name by former Police Chief Darrell Kirkland as "The  Protector". Kirkland said

"we should be strong role models, and local heroes for our community and children". "That is what this statue is all about".

Captain Brannan, Captain Albury, and Leggie Boone is pictured getting ready to unveil the new statue. Leggie is the

child in the statue.

Above-Leggie poses for pictures after the unveiling

Below-The final statue "The Protector"

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