© The Photo News 12/25/98

Monroe Lodge to construct county police memorial
Memorial Stone to be placed in front of government center in Goshen

by Peggy Gavan
MONROE - The Fraternal Order of Police Jason D. Conklin Memorial Lodge in Monroe is seeking assistance from the residents of Orange County to construct a police memorial that will honor police officers who were killed in the line of duty.  The memorial stone will recognize all those law enforcement officers who either lived or worked in the county since the county was first established.  According to lodge past president Neil O'Riordan, members of the local FOP lodge have been conducting extensive research through the internet, New York City Police Department, and other sources to locate the names of every Orange County officer who was killed in the line of duty.  The FOP is also receiving research assistance from the county historian, who is looking through records from as far back as the early 1800s.  However, lodge members are hoping that members of the community will also provide the lodge with additional names.  "We don't want to forget any of these individuals when we put up the memorial stone," O'Riordan sai, noting the FOP is seeking the names of any police officers, constables, or other law enforcement officers from as far back as possible.  According to O'Riordan, the memorial stone will be placed in front of the Orange County Government Center sometime in 1999.  The stone will be well lit and surrounded by flags for additional prominence, he said.  Anyone with information about fallen officers should contact the FOP's voice mailbox at 774-3283.