Faulkner County Judge Preston Scroggin announced the completion of the Faulkner County Fallen Officers Memorial, a memorial to honor Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The memorial is located on the northeast corner of the Courthouse lawn.
The project was conceived and initial plans were organized by former Sheriff Marty Montgomery’s administration in 2003 after the death of Detective Jimmy Wooley in the line of duty. Despite dedicated efforts by many to fund the project by private donations, the project encountered difficulty in obtaining enough funding.
After learning of the project, Scroggin secured additional funding, and a plan was put in place to bring the memorial to fruition. Architect Rik Sowell of Sowell Architects, Inc. was hired to design and coordinate the project.
“We worked from a conceptual sketch provided by Lt. Pike to create an environment that would serve as reflective and peaceful in order to honor those who have given their lives in service to our County,” Sowell said.
There will be a dedication ceremony at the memorial at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. The public is invited to come to honor those fallen heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep Faulkner County safe.
“It is appropriate to thank all those who were involved in bringing this memorial to completion through their donations and their efforts,” Scroggin said. “However, we express our deepest appreciation and most respectful gratitude to Deputy Oscar L. Honea, Deputy William Edward Hathaway, and Detective Jimmy Darrell Wooley as well as their families and loved ones for their ultimate sacrifice to our County. Please join us in honoring and remembering them now and in the future.”