Lancaster City Council Approves Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Concept
At last night’s Lancaster City Council Meeting, a conceptual memorial honoring Sergeant Steve Owen, a beloved local law enforcement hero tragically killed in the line of duty in October 2016, was presented. Sgt. Owen’s 29 years of dedicated service was initially commemorated with the renaming of the City’s flagship park. The City Council expressed a strong desire to have a monument constructed as well, to ensure Sgt. Owen’s legacy continues. Such a monument will be a public testament to what it truly means to serve and protect one’s community.
“Sgt. Owen was more than a good officer. He was an exceptional human being, who committed his life to not only protecting others through his profession, but also mentoring youth and being the type of guy who would help anyone in need,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “This rendering presented to honor his memory is profoundly moving and represents the significant impact of Sgt. Owen’s life throughout this community and beyond.”
A profoundly spiritual man, Sgt. Owen was heavily involved in the community and numerous local youth programs. As such, the City reached out to Learn4Life – an organization most relevant in demonstrating youth overcoming life’s many obstacles to achieve personal success – to assist with designing a timeless symbol to convey Sgt. Owen’s heroic story. With input from Sgt. Owen’s family, as well as from various community members, Learn4Life students were able to capture the essence of Sgt. Owen and incorporate it into a powerful artistic representation.
The resulting monument is a horse without a rider, saddled with backwards boots in the stirrups – an image acknowledging all who have been lost in the line of duty. Further honoring Sgt. Owen’s legacy, four walls signifying Hope, Community, Youth, and Family surround the horse. Each wall will depict images, words, and symbols reflecting all that Sgt. Owen stood for throughout his life of service. When complete, the memorial in its entirety will serve as an inspirational memory for generations to come.
“Most important to us was the inclusion of Sgt. Owen’s family and hearing how they feel this tribute will bring a sense of peacefulness,” said Lancaster Vice Mayor Marvin Crist. “We are very thankful for their involvement and continued support throughout this process.”
The City’s next step is to develop a community fundraising campaign to raise the $200,000 required to build the monument. A campaign proposal will be presented to the Lancaster City Council in May of this year.