TOWNSEND -- Soon, a police officers memorial will grace Townsend. The bronze statue will be mounted on a pedestal of Townsend granite.
Before frost sets in, a spot between the police station and the driveway entrance to the Hawthorne Brook Middle School will be prepared for the monument.
The site will be graded, a foundation for the pedestal poured and a cobblestone walkway laid.
The addition to the grounds on Brookline Street is being managed by Andrew Shepherd as his Eagle Scout project.
The total cost of the memorial will be a little over $17,000, he estimated.
"I'm not sure until I get the bills," Shepherd said.
So far, the Scout has raised about $13,000 in contributions, materials and in-kind services.
"I've done a lot of fundraising," he said.
More remains to be done. Before commissioning the 3-foot tall statue from a company in Pennsylvania, Shepherd needs to raise more money.
The Firefighters Association gave Shepherd a small financial gift, said the Rev. Shayna Appel of the Townsend Congregational Church.
The pastor is also a member of the association.
"We wanted to support Andrew," she said.
"The church provides Fellowship Hall for a great many good causes," she said, such as a ham and bean supper held Nov. 3 to benefit the memorial.
Speaking as a member of the clergy and part of the Townsend Fire/EMS Department, Appel said the memorial is a good cause.
"The police, like fire/EMS, are a group of people we don't think about until we have to call on them," she said.
Supporting the memorial was "kind of a no-brainer," Appel said.
Last December, Shepherd sent letters to the department heads in Townsend looking for suggestions for projects that would benefit the community.
Since the firefighters already have a memorial, he thought the police memorial was a good idea when it was suggested.
Other scouts will contribute labor for the Eagle Scout project, as will the National Honor Society and the New Orleans Service Learning Club.
Shepherd, a winner of the John and Abigail Adams scholarship awarded to 25 percent of graduating students in each Massachusetts public school district, belongs to all of the organizations.
Another donor has given a granite bench for the memorial and the engraver will give a 50 percent discount on his work.
The memorial will include a Townsend patch to make it more personalized for the town, Shepherd said.
The memorial will honor local officers and officers from around the country, Appel said. Across the nation, an officer is killed in the line of duty once every 55 hours.