Brentwood planning for memorial at new police HQ; police department seeks donations for sculpture

The Brentwood Police Department is looking to raise funding to place a bronze statue near a memorial wall at the future police headquarters building. (Courtesy city of Brentwood, Cindy Billingsley)
The Brentwood Police Department is looking to raise funding to place a bronze statue near a memorial wall at the future police headquarters building. (Courtesy city of Brentwood, Cindy Billingsley)

The Brentwood Police Department is looking to raise funding to place a bronze statue near a memorial wall at the future police headquarters building. (Courtesy city of Brentwood, Cindy Billingsley)

Planning work is underway for a memorial wall to be included in the city of Brentwood's new police headquarters, which is currently under construction along Heritage Way.

The memorial will include an outdoor memorial wall made of granite to honor those killed in the line of duty, including Destin Legieza, who was killed in a car accident with a drunk driver earlier this year.

The Brentwood City Commission reviewed the plans during its Nov. 9 meeting. City Manager Kirk Bednar said the wall will be funded by the city and that the cost is expected to be lumped in to the total cost of the headquarters, which is estimated to be $29 million.

The wall, which will be about 20 feet wide, will also include the names of department retirees, according to a release from the city. It will also include the phrase, "Loyalty above all else except honor."

“The wall will be a visual symbol that any day we could lose one of our own,” Brentwood Police Chief Jeff Hughes said in a release. “Officer Legieza was only 30 years [old]—way too young to be taken. The wall will serve as a reminder that life is precious and law enforcement can be a dangerous career,”

The Brentwood Police Department has also announced plans for a bronze lion sculpture near the memorial wall, inspired by statues at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., according to the city.

The statue will be sculpted by Cookeville-based artist Cindy Billingsley, who has also worked with the city on past projects, including statues outside the John P. Holt Brentwood Library.

The cost of the statue is estimated to be $45,000 and is separate from the memorial wall, which will be funded by the city. To help cover the cost of the statue, BPD is working to raise money through private donations.

"The timeliness of beginning this project is crucial to allow ample time for the sculpture to be completed and installed prior to the grand opening of police headquarters in the spring of 2021," Hughes said.

Those interested in contributing toward the sculpture can find more information here.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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