AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Potter County Sheriff’s Office donated nearly $1,300 to the AJ Swope Plaza fund on Friday morning.
The Potter County Sheriff’s Office donated $1,300 to the memorial today, which aims to honor fallen first responders.
Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas is now challenging other law enforcement agencies to be next to contribute to the plaza.
“The biggest part of this challenge is that the law enforcement agency that gets the ball thrown to them, per se, doesn’t let the ball drop. Keep it going. I don’t care if it’s five or ten bucks, of 30 or a hundred bucks--if that’s all you raised then that’s find. Send it on to the next agency and let’s just see what all we can do,” said Thomas.
The memorial is named after AJ Swope, a Panhandle native that was killed in a crash in 2013 at the age of 27.
Swope’s memory will live on with the multi-million dollar memorial to be placed near the MPEV downtown, complete with an amphitheater, Panhandle Walk of Fame and First Responders Memorial.
The overall project is expected to cost $2.5 million, funded through private donations.