VALOR-La Palma Park, Anaheim, CA
I was honored to create Valor, the first of two bronze monuments to the brave Anaheim Police and their K9’s. It was a moving and well attended unveiling on April 3, 2016 at La Palma Park in Anaheim, Ca. Valor was inspired by K9 “Bruno” who touched hearts around the country when he saved the lives of fellow officers taking a bullet through his jaw and his lung, while school was letting out in the area. He survived many surgeries and is pictured here coming out of retirement for the unveiling with his partner Officer RJ Young. Valor represents the bravery and heart of the police and their K’9’s.
Valor is the result of the vision and efforts of the great City of Anaheim, California. Councilwoman Kris Murphy spearheaded the K9 memorial projects which became a community wide grassroots effort. To my knowledge, this is the first city in the US to have two K9 memorials to honor their police and their K9’s.
Council Member Kris Murray, Susan Bahary, Assemblywoman Young Kim,
Officer RJ Young and Bruno
Many of Bruno’s fellow K9 officers and their dogs