The Odessa Peace Officers Memorial Foundation presented this monument, a statue depicting Saint Michael the Archangel with a fallen officer, in honor and memory of the five fallen Odessa Police Department officers:
- Corporal John Scott Gardner
- Corporal Arlie "Lee" Jones Jr.
- Corporal Abel Renteria Marquez
- Officer Scott Stanton Smith
- Corporal Gordon Terry Toal
Mr. Paul Tadlock of Gruene, Texas sculpted the incredible statue. The statue sits atop a 3-foot granite base with bronze name plates of the fallen officers. 4 beautiful benches, air brushed with the fallen officers' badges, also adorn the lawn.
If you have not been to the memorial yet, it is an amazing sight to behold and worth the visit to OPD. We are thankful to have a beautiful memorial to honor our fallen heroes.
For more information about the memorial and the fallen officers, visit this webpage: https://www.odessa-tx.gov/429/Fallen-Heroes