Local businesses refurbish each plaque at James D. Hoff Peace Officer Memorial in Reno
Three local businesses have volunteered their time to replace and refurbish each individual plaque at the James D. Hoff Peace Officer Memorial at Idlewild Park in Reno.
"These guys gave the ultimate sacrifice...they sacrificed their lives," said Guy Jessop, President of Advanced Powder Coating Inc. "All they are asking of us is to re-coat them and bring them fresh and keep the heritage alive of what these officers gave up."
The process took over two months which involved fixing spelling errors, even incorrect dates on each plate. Once they were re-worded and re-coated, they were sent to ABC Plating to be polished and sanded.
"We want to restore these to bring a lot of attention to them because these officers have put out everything in their efforts and it's the least we can do," said Ricardo Rivas, a polisher with ABC Plating.
Finally, after all the hard work, they were replaced by Artistic Gardens where they were able to harness them back onto the concrete memorial wall.
"The whole shop got behind it," said Tom Heywood of Artistic Gardens. "I mean everybody in our shop worked on it...we were just more than happy to be able to do this."
This memorial is one piece of Nevada history that not only recognizes the hard work of volunteers in the community but it remembers the lives of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
The annual memorial ceremony will be held at the memorial wall on May 4 at 10am to honor these gone, but never forgotten, officers.