Walk of Friends Project

The Waterford Police Benevolent Fund is a non-profit organization which was originally established in 1991 to assist Officer Mark Knapp, who was stricken with cancer. Since then, the role of the fund has been expanded. Today, the fund supports Waterford Police employees and their families in times of personal crisis. Over the years, through generous community support, the fund has grown and assisted several members in their times of need. Even though the fund's primary role is the support of Waterford Police employees, other worthwhile local and national charities have benefited from the fund in times of crisis.

Your support of the Walk of Friends will help to continue this tradition.

For your tax-deductible* contribution or donation, you will receive an engraved brick, inlaid into the walkway nearby our memorial to the spirit of our police officers and the citizens of Waterford. This provides a lasting way to memorialize a loved 1, or is a nice way to show your business' support of your community. The memorial is publicly displayed in front of our new headquarters.
Police Protector Statue
Ordering Information
This is an on-going project. Brick orders will be accepted throughout each year the project continues. However, all brick orders placed before February 1st will be inlayed and publicly presented each May during National Police Memorial Week. Due to the manufacturing time for each brick, orders placed after the February 1st cutoff date cannot be unveiled until the following year. Future plans may include the expansion of the brick walkway as the sections fill.

Two colors of bricks are available. The brown are available for a $500 contribution. These are limited in number and are placed closest to the statue base. The red bricks are available for a $250 donation and will be placed further from the statue.

Project Supporters

On behalf of the entire membership of the Waterford Police Department, we wish to express our sincerest Thank You to the following businesses and individuals who made this project such a success. Your continued support of your community and your police department is deeply appreciated.


The following individuals and businesses have each contributed $1,000 (or materials) to the project. Each of the following benefactors received an engraved space on the monument base:
  • The LaLone Family
  • The Morgan Family
  • State Representative, Mike Kowall
  • The Bell Company
  • Mel Farr Lincoln Mercury, Inc.
  • The Fortino Family
  • Airport Inn Dittrich Olds-GMC
  • The Evans Family
  • The James Family
  • The Stegeman-Jamieson Family
  • The McCaw Family
  • BPO Elks Lodge #810
  • The Fox Family
  • Waterford Eagles #2887
  • O'Brien Waterford Construction
  • Kennedy's Irish Pub
  • Summit Place Mall Officer
  • Mark Knapp**
  • Waterford Police SRT
  • Waterford Township
  • Dispatchers Waterford Police Officer's Assoc.
  • The Dean Family
  • The Solden Family
The following individuals and businesses have each contributed $500 in support of the project:

  • XCell Wireless
  • Sgt. Dave Bush (RET.)**
Contributor and Donator bricks sold-to-date. Bricks to be presented May, 2002.

The following individuals and businesses have each donated $250 to the project:
  • The Damron Family
  • H & H Auto Collision
  • The Crigger Family
  • Powerhouse Gym, Waterford
Contributor and Donator bricks sold-to-date. Bricks to be presented May, 2002.

Contractor Information

The Protector Statue
Brodin Studios, Inc.
130 N Sibley
Litchfield, MN 55355

Granite Base and Engraved Pavers
The Raubar Granite Company
9455 W Fort Street
Detroit, MI 48209

* The Benevolent Fund is a non-profit 501-3(c) charitable organization. Tax number available upon written request.

** Placed by the Benevolent Fund.