City Council is expected to ante up $35,000 for the eternal flame police memorial, the balance needed to fund the $100,000 project. Private citizens and businesses have pledged to kick in $65,000, and Council members Dwight Tillery and Jeanette Cissell are proposing the city pay for one-third of the $100,000 project.
''I thought this was probably something the council could very visibly take part in . . . and show appreciation to the officers,'' Mr. Tillery said.
Donations may be sent in care of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, 300 W. Fourth St., Suite 200, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.
Council members Charles Winburn and Minette Cooper have already signed off on the motion and Mr. Tillery said he was confident the rest of council would OK the measure during Wednesday's regular meeting.
Mr. Winburn said the donation would be a ''token of our love'' for not only the slain officers, but also those on the beat everyday. On Thursday, more than 50 city and suburban officers and community members gathered for a dedication ceremony at the downtown Police Memorial on Ezzard Charles Drive where an eternal flame will be added. It will include the flame atop a 10-foot bronze column and a granite slab with the names of 16 slain officers from Hamilton County departments. The project will be unveiled May 12 - Police Memorial Day.
FOP President Keith Fangman said he appreciates the council's generosity.
''We are very, very appreciative of the city,'' said FOP President Keith Fangman.
He said the community is still welcome to make donations.