DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Steven Whalen Memorial wall was vandalized and repainted over the weekend, but Monday night the wall was vandalized again.
Officer Steven Whalen was a Dayton Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty in 1991.
“Before there was community policing, Steve was a community police officer,” said Monnie Bush, the Founder and CEO of the Victory Project. “He was dedicated to his beat and the people that lived there no matter what nationality or background they had. So it was just sad that his memorial would be disrespected.”
Dayton Police and community members are seeking support to reclaim the Steve Whalen Memorial. Donations of any dollar amount will go towards planning, supplies and artist fees to redo the memorial later this year or early next year.
The Dayton Police Department says that the Victory Project has stepped up to manage all donations with no fee.
They have a goal of $5,000 and say any dollar amount is appreciated.
For anyone willing to donate, Dayton Police ask that checks be made out to “The Victory Project” care of Officer Whalen Memorial.
Checks can be mailed to 409 Troy Street, Dayton, OH 45404.
You can also donate through a GoFundMe page by clicking here.
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