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Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:00 am

It could include a reflecting pond or small waterfall. Perhaps a bench where visitors can pause.

And don't forget the dog statue crafted by local businesses in the likeness of Yaro, fallen Galt Police Officer Kevin Tonn's police dog.

Many of the details of a hero memorial to be built adjacent to the Galt City Hall could be left up to an engineering class at Galt High School.

City Manager Jason Behrmann last week contacted teacher Debra Crane to see if her students would be interested in helping design the memorial.

"We will start on it on Monday," Crane said.

That's when Behrmann is visiting the school to talk to students, so that they have an idea of what the city is looking for.

"I think it is a great opportunity for students to work on a real-world project — especially a project that has touched them as members of the Galt community," Crane said.

On Tuesday, the Galt City Council approved the process for developing a memorial plaza to honor not only Tonn — who was fatally shot in January while responding to a burglary call — but any future first responders or military personnel who are killed.

The cost of the memorial will likely come from fundraisers, Behrmann said.

The city council in March had decided to build a dog park at C and 3rd streets to honor Tonn, but Parks and Recreation commissioners voiced concerns that the location was too close to the location where Tonn was killed. The commission was also worried Harvey Park could have safety issues and be a possible target for vandalism.

An ad hoc committee formed jointly by the city council and the Parks and Recreation Commission ultimately decided that the memorial should be about more than just a dog park, according to Behrmann, and recommended the City Hall site.

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