New Plymouth Memorial Pays Tribute to K-9s
A new memorial in Plymouth pays tribute to police K-9 officers. 16-year-old Sam Lieberman teamed up with the Plymouth police department to install a 4.5 foot tall bronze statue of a German Shepherd. The memorial is part of Lieberman’s Eagle Scout project. He designed the pavers and concrete base.
The teen is interested in law enforcement and wanted to do something to honor not only police, but canine officers, too.
Eagle Scout Project Honors K9s
“A lot of people recognize the officers, the people who support law enforcement, but they don’t recognize the dogs as much as they do the officers. And I hope this will bring that recognition and awareness to the officers,” he said.
Sam raised more than $6,500 dollars for the memorial. The Lions clubs of Plymouth and Wayzata also contributed.
Smiling, Lieberman said “It feels great, I’m so happy we were finally able to do this.”
The Plymouth police department has three K-9 officers and the department appreciated Lieberman’s hard work.
“Sam put so much time, heart and dedication into this, we just assisted him,” explained Captain Mike Reed. “He’s the one who had the vision and goal set for this. We welcomed this, but this was all on him”
A memorial plaque is also included, it reads: “In recognition of past, present and future K9s who serve the Plymouth Police Department and surrounding area.”
The memorial is located on the northwest side of the Plymouth Public Safety building.