BCSD Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign for Fallen Officer Memorial

(KCEN) - It's a way to remember the fallen: A local sheriff's department is planning a memorial for peace officers killed in the line of duty.

Sunday kicked off their fundraising drive, as they work to bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It's all about 18 names, 18 Bell County peace officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Deputy Adam Davis died in December, two weeks after his cruiser rolled over near Pendleton.

"We had great help from the county when we were at the hospital," said Carlos Davis, Sr., Adam's dad.

Now Carlos and his family want to be able to give others the same comfort.

"The grief's always going to be there. You know, he's always going to be part of us. We're always going to miss him," said Carlos Davis, Jr., Adam's brother. "T
his right here helps us along, at least."

The Bell County Sheriff's Department Foundation is planning to build a memorial to honor Deputy Davis, along with the 17 other officers who have given it all since 1850.

"They do so much for us, and a lot of things we never see that they do and take care to keep us safe," Mike Hamby, of Killeen, said.

And Davis isn't the only officer fresh on the minds of those at Sunday's
 fundraising kickoff: Killeen Police Officer Robert Hornsby died in a shootout with a suspect in Killeen last July.

"We need to always remember those folks, their families, and what they've done for us," said Donnie Adams of the BCSD.

In all they have to raise about $300,000 for the memorial. It's probably going to take them a couple years to do that, but they hoped to kick-start it with a silent auction at Cathedral Oaks in Belton Sunday.

The department also held a live auction, putting up things like a signed Cowboys helmet and a fiddle signed by Charlie Daniels.
Plus they put on some live music, and a fried catfish dinner.

"Adam would be just beyond amazed at the support," said Cheyenne Knaus, Adam Davis' niece.

"It's going to be an honor that people will remember him like that," Carlos Sr. said, "'cause that's one thing he loved, was being a deputy sheriff."

And he'll be remembered always, with his name inscribed on the memorial at the Bell County Courthouse.

The foundation also hopes to raise money to help officers' families financially. T
he fundraising drive continues Monday with a golf tournament at the Wildflower Country Club.


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