Sheriff Lucas donates to the Call to Duty Memorial on his last day as sheriff

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — Sheriff Earnell Lucas performed his last official duty as Milwaukee County Sheriff on Sunday, Oct. 23 — one that honors officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

As Sheriff Lucas wraps up his time at the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, he presents a gift honoring fallen deputies here at the Milwaukee County Deputy Sheriff’s Memorial Garden‘s Call to Duty Memorial Garden.

Sheriff Lucas says a few weeks ago, a former Milwaukee County sheriff asked if there was anything he could do to help the Memorial Garden.

“I have started to see what we can do to help the Memorial Committee and everyone else restore this beautiful memorial,” said Sheriff Lucas.

Bricks laid around the statue you see here were messed up by water running off the roof of the Milwaukee County Deputy Sheriff’s Training Center.

That’s why Sheriff Lucas says he’s giving this $10,000 check to the non-profit, non-taxpayer funded committee that maintains the memorial.

This check will pay much of the $15,000 to $20,000 needed to restore the monument.

“Perpetuate the legacy of those members who made the ultimate sacrifice,” Sheriff Lucas told Mike Tromp, president of the Deputy Memorial Committee. “And to be a calling to those who serve in this noble law enforcement profession […] I am so honored to do this, my friend.”

Tromp says this will help fund new decorative concrete that will weather the elements better and move the memorial stones to a nearby section of the memorial.

Tromp worked with four of the fallen officers honored at the memorial.

“They were all great people to work with. I feel very blessed and called to do this work,” Tromp said.

Sheriff Lucas says when he moved into the private sector with financial services firm Fiserv, he thanked the people who care for the memorial and those with whom he has worked throughout his career.

“To always remember and never forget the service and sacrifice of these 13 members who are forever etched in this memorial,” said Sheriff Lucas.

The sheriff’s deputies tell me they expect the concrete to get in here this week. The stones will be installed in November.

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