In 1978, plans for a Toledo Police Memorial Sculpture began when policeman Harry Broadway was appointed Chairman of the Toledo Police Memorial Committee by the Toledo Police Patrolmen’s Association (TPPA). Four years later, the project was completed resulting in this iconic sculpture.
The idea for the memorial sculpture was conceived by the TPPA in order to recognize policemen who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Members of the Civic Center Mall Design Review Board and the TPPA reviewed the work of over forty artists before selecting sculptor Jack Greaves, of Columbus, Ohio, for the commission.
To create “The Guardian,” Mr. Greaves reviewed many photographs taken over the years of Toledo policemen. He selected a photograph of patrolman Oscar O. Bruhl (shown above) to create his model for the sculpture.
The sculpture was dedicated on Saturday, September 4th 1982 at the opening ceremonies of the Toledo Festival.
Funds for this project were donated by individual policemen, The Andersons Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and numerous contributions from area residents and businesses.
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