Aberdeen Police Department officially unveils memorial statue

Aberdeen Police Department officially presented its new six-foot honorary bronze law enforcement statue at the entrance of the police station on Thursday morning after receiving it last month.

Artist Nick Christiansen worked with a staff of ten to complete the statue at Brodin Studios in Minnesota. The work is designed from photographs and took 75 steps to complete.

Master Police Officer Anthony Williams and his then 3-year-old daughter, Layla, posed for the photographs used in the memorial statue’s creation. He wore a regular Class A uniform and his duty gear with boots but no hat.

“It was a big honor for us to be asked,” Williams said. “Something years down the road that she can say, ‘I helped daddy do that.’”

The town funded the statue and donations raised by the police station.

Detective Shannon Darling said in 2020 that the figure is collective as it honors all who are now serving, retirees, and those who have passed.

“It’s a nice way for us as a department to have something we can come and look at, a way to pay our respects,” Master Police Officer Gypsie Adcox added in 2020.

Photo: Master Police Officer Anthony Williams and his daughter, Layla, pose in front of the new memorial statue with Mayor Robbie Farrell and fellow police officers looking on. Photo by Sandhills Sentinel Photographer Melissa Schaub.

~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Journalist Stephanie M. Sellers.

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