Law Enforcement Memorial Road Block Saturday
(Etowah County, Alabama) Roadblocks will be set up Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon, for a fundraiser for the Etowah County Law Enforcement Memorial.
Volunteers with the group will be on Rainbow Drive in front of Colonial Mall-Gadsden, Noccalula Road in front of Noccalula Falls Park and at the intersection of East Broad Street and Hood Avenue in Gadsden.
Donations are used to help law enforcement officers who are sick or injured and out of work and in need of support from their law enforcement family.
The memorial fund also assists families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty and pay for an officer to attend the national candlelight vigil held each year in Washington, D.C., at the National Law Enforcement Memorial.
The Etowah County Law Enforcement Memorial currently sits on the grounds at the Etowah County Courthouse and contains the names of law enforcement officers from Etowah County killed in the line of duty. The memorial, unveiled in May 1998, originally was placed at Noccalula Falls Park.
The names included Capt. Chris McCurley, who was killed Oct. 10, 1997, in a shootout with a drug dealer in Rainbow City.
McCurley’s death led to the idea of the monument and the creation of the Law Enforcement Memorial Board. The roadblock takes place each year on the second Saturday in October, near the time of the anniversary of the shooting.
Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the memorial fund can mail it to the Etowah County Law Enforcement Memorial, 128 S. Eighth St., Gadsden, AL 35901.
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