For about a month now, students at Sabal Palm Elementary have been examining the lives of heroes from right here in our community, and Tuesday the students "capped" things off by honoring fallen Tallahassee Police SGT Dale Green, who was killed in the line of duty back in November of 2002.
Members of local law enforcement and students from Sabal Palm Elementary began their day with a ceremony at the Naval and Marine Corp. Center. The ceremony was followed by a march down the street to Sabal Palm, where the students were about to unveil something special to honor an officer who lost his life just a few blocks from their school.
"Yes, it was fun, and I was thinking about how SGT Dale Green risked his life to save those people," said Laquaya Smith.
"He's like the whole package. He loved, he cared for others, he respected others, just the whole package," added Michael Blankinship.
Sabal Palm students put together a SGT Dale Green memorial garden adorned with roses and stones, which spell out the word hero. There's also a statue of a K-9, in memory of Green's role with the K-9 unit, and a stone with Green's badge number 255.
"This is just a great out pouring from this neighborhood, Sabal Palm, the students here, to honor a person who paid the ultimate sacrifice in giving his life," said Chief Walt McNeil.
"I think it's good for the community to remember their heroes, and he might have been my husband, but I guess he was a hero in the community and I think it's good for the children, and that's what this was about today," said Deb Green.
For anyone who would like to visit the garden, the principal of Sabal Palm says they may do so during normal school hours. A local bike ride is scheduled in March, which will raise money to send Florida law enforcement officers to a national bike ride in D.C. in May.
Proceeds from that national bike ride will benefit the National Law Enforcement Museum for Fallen Officers, which now features SGT Dale Green.