The Protector Statue

"This statue will honor and symbolize the duty of the Taylor police officer to the residents of this city.  it will pay tribute to those who have come and gone and will challenge officers of the future to continue to strive for excellence and compassion for the citizens."

Former Mayor Cameron G. Priebe, September 2009


After two years of planning, the Taylor Police Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #123 on September 14, 2009, unveiled The Protector Statue in front of the Taylor Police Department in front of a large crowd of donors, supporters and fellow officers. 

The life-sized statue, which depicts a police officer holding the hand of a little girl, was commissioned to represent the commitment of the Taylor Police officer to the community, especially the children.  The statue is a custom representation of the Taylor Police uniform including the Taylor Police patch and an authentic depiction of all the equipment used.  A Taylor officer actually posed in a photograph that was sent off to Brodin Studios in Minnesota.

Inspired by a similar statue he saw on the west side of the state, Commander Dan Crowell proposed building a police statue to his fellow officers in Taylor to celebrate the Taylor F.O.P.’s 50th Anniversary.  The Taylor F.O.P. overwhelmingly endorsed the project and then voted to get the sculpture started with a $10,000 donation.  Other corporations, businesses and individuals followed with private donations to cover the $60,000 price tag for the project.

Residents, police officers and supporters were also able to contribute to the project through the “Buy-a-Brick” program. The custom bricks were inscribed with their family name or the name of an honored loved one and placed in a circle surrounding the base of the statue. All major contributors who donated $1,000 or more were listed on a bronze plaque installed near the statue.

In 2007, the Taylor Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #123 marked it’s 50th Anniversary. Founded by 14 police officers January 1, 1957, it is a fraternal group made up of active and retired police officers of the Taylor Police Department. Membership has grown to more than 400 active and associate members. In addition to being a fraternal organization for police officers, the F.O.P. supports numerous charities and causes throughout the year. The F.O.P. has helped many families in need and since 2003 has also given away $12,000 to Taylor students through the Taylor F.O.P. Holly McGeogh Memorial Scholarship Fund.

TAYLOR’S FIRST

This commissioned piece is a custom rendering of the modern day Taylor Police uniform.  But it’s the number on the badge, that takes it back to the department’s earliest days.  Retired Lt. Peter Toma, Badge #3, joined the force in 1951 and was the first president of the Taylor Fraternal Order of Police. The name tag on the officer, however, has no one officer’s name, but simply says—“Friend.”  Rather than use a name, it was decided to use “Friend”, to symbolize that part of the department’s mission to instill that value with the community and, in particular, the children of Taylor.

INSTALLATION
The surrounding brick and concrete platform was constructed by Persiconi Construction, and Cassino Construction, and the City of Taylor Department of Public Works. Landscaping was performed by the Parks and Recreation Department.  The statue itself was installed by members of Brodin Studios, the Parks and Recreation Department, Department of Public Works, Cmdr. Dan Crowell and Police Officers Jason Hall and Nick Hill.





          

MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS:


Fritz Enterprises
Huron Valley Steel Corporation
Fraternal Order of Police #123   
Hancock Enterprises
Taylor Parks Apartments
Watson Engineering
Masco Corporation
Taylor Civilian Pistol Club
Famous Dave’s Restaurant
Chavis Tax & Accounting
Cooper Lighting
Taylor Community Credit Union
Zubor Buick Dealership
Howe Peterson Funeral Home
Telegraph Chrysler/Jeep
Gibraltar Trade Center
Century Dodge Dealership
Oakwood Heritage Hospital
Walmart
Wade Trim Associates
Voran Funeral Home
Taylor Ford Dealership
Fraternal Order of Police—
Associate Lodge #123
Resource Lighting
                                               Cassino Construction                                                 
Cmdr. Daniel Crowell & Family
Joe Persiconi & Family
Robert McDonald & Family
Randy & Christine Fritz
Lt. Peter Toma & Family
E.C. “Chuck” Barth
Florence Barth
Former City Supt. Willard Koths