Region 8 town honors fallen police chief

Trumann, AR (KAIT) -- "We received over 1700 dollars, and I have 1648 names.  A dollar per person, this way everyone who cared about Larry had the opportunity to own a piece of this monument," said Trumann Mayor, Sheila Walters.

With his image etched in stone, the monument honoring fallen Trumann Police Chief Larry Blagg was unveiled Friday in the city he loved so much. It was paid for by the people who cared so much for him.  Larry Blagg was killed after a tree branch fell on him while he was clearing debris after the ice storm.

"It's been a tremendous pleasure to do this for the family," said Danny Dodd.

Danny Dodd helped construct this memorial. He knew Larry all of his life, and says he was happy to do something to preserve his memory.

"When people do look at this memorial, they'll always remember Larry and remember what a great man he was and still is," said Dodd.

For Trumann Mayor Sheila Walters, the ceremony is bittersweet.  She says she was heartbroken to get the call that her friend and colleague had been killed.

"When I got the call, I hung up the phone and I said we're praying right now and we did. I guess it was just his time. God was ready for him," said Walters.

"Walters says Larry Blagg will leave of legacy of fairness, kindness and compassion.

"There will be some lives change because of the things that Larry did," said Walters.