New Virginia memorial honors 870 public safety workers who died in the line of duty

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RICHMOND, Virginia — More than 800 names are engraved on a new memorial honoring public safety workers in Virginia who died in the line of duty.

Media outlets report that state officials dedicated the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial at a ceremony on Saturday at Capitol Square in Richmond. The names of 870 police and corrections officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians were read aloud during the ceremony.

The Virginia Public Safety Foundation raised about $2 million to pay for the memorial. The foundation transferred the deed to the state on Saturday.

The memorial is the first addition to Capitol Square since the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial opened in 2008.

Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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