Ground breaking held in Coeur d'Alene for memorial of slain police sergeant

Ground breaking held in Coeur D'Alene...

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A gathering of a hundred members of the Coeur d'Alene community crowded around a bare patch of land in McEuen Park on Thursday to remember Sergeant Greg Moore. The bare patch of land was where ground was broken to officially become a memorial in Sergeant Greg Moore's honor. 

Moore had been killed in the line of duty back in 2015.

"We will never forget the sacrifice that Sergeant Greg Moore made for our community," said Coeur d'Alene Mayor, Steve Widmyer. "This should be a lasting tribute to him."

Members of Moore's family, board members of Panhandle Parks, the group that spearheaded the fund-raising effort for the memorial, and members of the Coeur d'Alene government broke ground on Phase 1 of the memorial to the cheers of the crowd. 

The memorial took two years to plan and around $330,000 was raised through private donations to fund the first phase. 

"The community came together and said we need to do something to honor and remember him and the other who put their life on the line everyday to keep our community safe," said Tinka Schaffer, a board member of Panhandle Parks. 

Construction is expected to start as soon as Friday and will finish before Thanksgiving. 

Renderings of the memorial include three, nine foot pillars with waterfalls running over each. The three pillars stand for respect, honor and remember.