NICEVILLE, Fla. – The Public Safety Memorial at Northwest Florida State College is the first of its kind in the panhandle region and provides a tranquil space to honor and remember those who so bravely gave their lives, the ultimate sacrifice.
The new memorial pays tribute to our local fallen public safety professionals from both Okaloosa and Walton counties – law enforcement officers, firefighters and first responders.
“The names on this memorial rest in their place of honor to help heal the hearts and souls of the families and co-workers of the fallen and to serve as a reminder of the great sacrifices made daily by our servicemen and women,” said Devin Stephenson, NWFSC President, during an unveiling ceremony held last week.
“I encourage everyone to make a visit to the Northwest Florida State College Public Safety Memorial on our Niceville campus to gain strength and resolve from the legacy of those who will live on forever.”
Construction for the external brick boundary wall started more than eight years ago with an initial gift campaign.
The space came to life in early 2019 with a generous donation from Dotty Blacker, who specified that her gift must go toward honoring our local first responders because “they don’t receive the recognition that they deserve.”
Thus, the idea was born for a statue symbolizing each service branch, a tower that incorporates military service members and plaques characterizing each of the fallen service members in Okaloosa and Walton counties.
For more information about the Public Safety Memorial at Northwest Florida State College, please contact Chief Aaron Murray, Executive Director of Campus Safety and Security at (850) 729-5260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.