City of Maryville unveils Public Safety Plaza honoring those who died in the line of duty

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – The City of Maryville on Friday dedicated a new public art installation to honor its public safety employees and commemorate those who have died in the line of duty.

Public Safety Plaza, which houses four statues at the Maryville Municipal Building near Gary Hense Boulevard, was unveiled at the event. The statues will stand on a memorial wall dedicated to Maryville police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, a spokesperson told WVLT News.

The memorial includes four names: Officer Kenneth Ray Moats, Officer John Michael Callahan, Officer Barton and Field Marshal J. Henry Clemens. It will become a permanent feature of the town square.

Police Chief Tony Crisp told WVLT News that assembly of the memorial began after Constable Moats, 32, was killed in 2016. He was shot in response to a domestic violence call.

“It’s always a constant reminder of the dangers of the job, the dangers of the job, and what these people have given,” Chief Crisp said.

The memorial, created by Brodin Studios in Minnesota, was completed in three years, officials said. It was funded by private citizens Bob and Eunice Hansen, who approached Chief Crisp with a donation to make the project a reality.

Since the establishment of the Maryville Police Department on April 6, 1907, four officers have died on duty.

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