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Committee seeks to honor Galt’s Kevin Tonn, other fallen heroes

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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013 12:00 am

Slain Galt Police Officer Kevin Tonn will likely be honored alongside other fallen heroes in a community memorial plaza to be built near City Hall.

An ad hoc committee created to finalize plans for honoring Tonn is expected make the recommendation to the Galt City Council next month, according to City Manager Jason Behrmann.

The idea is a change from the proposal to create a dog park with a memorial as its centerpiece. Tonn, a K9 officer, was fatally shot while responding to a burglary call in January. The suspect killed himself on scene.

Last month, Galt Parks and Recreation commissioners voiced concerns that the location chosen by council members for a dog park at C and 3rd streets was too close to the location where Tonn was fatally shot.

Additionally, the commission was worried Harvey Park could have safety issues and be a possible target vandalism.

On March 5, the city council approved spending up to $415,000 for one of two memorial site options to honor Tonn, although no final decision was made at the time.

It is unclear at this time how much the new proposed memorial will cost. It will likely include a statue of Yaro, Tonn's K9 who has since been retired, commissioned and painted by local businesses.

The ad hoc committee felt that the memorial should be about more than just a dog park, according to Behrmann.

Committee members could not be reached Friday.

"Officer Tonn was a K9 officer, but that did not define who he was or what he gave for the community," Behrmann said. "A separate memorial would not only honor the sacrifice made by Officer Tonn in a respectful and dignified way, but also honor other heroes who have fallen or who may fall in the line of duty."

Before joining the Galt Police Department, Tonn was a firefighter and served in the military.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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