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Tilton PD holding fundraiser for new walkway


August 06, 2020
TILTON – The Tilton Police Department is currently holding a Brick and Tile fundraising project that is providing people with an opportunity to leave their mark on the new police station while helping them build a special walkway, flag stand and memorial in front of the building. The new station, located at 45 Sanborn Rd. (Route 132) in Tilton, is currently under construction and expected to be completed by mid- to late November.

"Some of these funds will help create a walkway to the entrance that will loop to two flag poles and a memorial area with a bench engraved with (Officer) Eric Keck's name," TPD Chief Robert Cormier said.

Keck was a well-respected member of the department who passed away unexpectedly in June at the age of 52.

The entrance walkway and flag plaza will be created with special bricks that people can purchase for the project. Each of the bricks purchased will include an engraving with either the donor's name, a memorial tribute to a loved one, or even a nonprofit or company logo to show community support for Tilton Police Department.

Cormier said he has been touched by the fact that many people from nonprofit organizations his officers are involved in have already stepped up to buy a brick or even a larger tile for the entryway.

"One Pennsylvania family we met through Make-A-Wish Foundation bought a brick with a thank you to Tilton Police for helping make their child's wish come true. That's pretty special to us," said Cormier.

Another local Special Olympics New Hampshire family has shown gratitude to TPD for their dedication to SONH and the annual Winni Dip fundraiser; Winnisquam Regional High School's Class of 2020 and the school's Interact Club are contributing to the project with engraved bricks as well. Local residents, businesses and community supporters are also creating lasting tributes to their loved ones, groups and causes.

"This is an exciting, lasting project for people to take part in with their own special messages," Cormier said.

Those able to make a larger contribution of $5,000 or more can also contact the department to arrange for designated sponsorship of a room inside the municipal facility.

Anyone interested in being part of this community project at any level can do so by simply visiting www.thatsmybrick.com/tiltonpd. Donations and engravement messages for an outdoor brick or an indoor entry tile can be made through the Web site, or payments and requests can be dropped off to the current police station on East Main Street in Tilton. The deadline for personalized brick or tile requests is September 4 in order for them to arrive while the construction process is still underway.

Cormier quoted Kevin LaChapelle, chair of the Tilton Police Building Study Committee that made the new police station a reality, by encouraging people to "Help build the house that fights crime, one brick at a time."

"I think this is a really exciting community project that will last for many years, and I want to thank everyone who chooses to be a part of it," Cormier said.

Varney Smith
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