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Area Rotary clubs working on public safety monument
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How to help
What: To purchase a brick, visit and follow the link
How much: $50 per brick
More info: Call Michele Parden, 770-531-6765 or visit

A monument set for unveiling next spring is being dedicated to public safety officials across Gainesville and Hall County.

The Rotary clubs of Gainesville, Hall County and South Hall are working together on the monument for first responders and local authorities.

The project, which will be on Roosevelt Square in downtown Gainesville, has been in the works for about a year, Gainesville Police Department spokesman Cpl. Kevin Holbrook said.

“It will be a lasting legacy for all those that have worn the badge and to honor their commitment to our community,” he said.

The monument will honor public safety officials for their embodiment of the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.”

Holbrook said Rotary grants are supporting part of the project, while residents can also help. Residents and family members hoping to honor their loved one in public safety or support an entire agency can purchase a $50 brick for the project.

“The bricks are a part of the funding for the project,” Holbrook said.

The bricks, which can be customized and engraved, will surround the monument.

 “It will be there ... for my grandchildren, great-grandchildren to be able to go there and see one of their relative’s names on a brick or in honor of someone they love and care about,” Holbrook said.

The monument is scheduled to be unveiled on May 4.

Residents wanting to purchase a brick for the monument can visit and follow the link on the page.

Any further questions can be directed to Michele Parden at 770-531-6765 or

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