Restoration and rememberance
Vandalized monument to fallen officers restored
Despite the damage done by vandals to a monument honoring two slain police officers, members of the Nam Knights of America Motorcycle Club were able to make it seem like nothing happened. (BENJAMIN C. KLEIN)
"It's depressing to hear that it was tipped over, but the response to it is very good and greatly appreciated, not only by our family, but I suspect by people who go around that traffic circle every day," said Jeremy Charron's father Bob.
Along with fixing and resetting the broken monument, the NKA also cleaned up any litter around the site, mowed the lawn and trimmed the trees.
"With it being the anniversary of her husband's death she said she needed something to do, and that it would be therapeutic to help out. I said come on down and bring a rake and a smile," Dempsey said.
"I take her boys hunting; a bunch of us that were friends with Mike still look out for his kids," Dempsey said.
"Even politicians honor it by not planting any signs on the circle. The area all around is loaded election time. but not here," Dempsey said.
"They probably didn't even know what they were doing, the monument has no writing on it of any kind."
Some of the NKA members who helped out, like Justin Dirito, weren't even members of the White Mountain chapter, but still felt compelled to help out.
This is not the first time Dempsey and his motorcycle club have had to repair and remount the monument. In 2011, a motorist crashed into it after driving up the small hill in the middle of the traffic circle.
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