Memorial at SFPD Headquarters Will Honor Fallen Officers
The installation is supposed to inspire both reverence and contemplation. Every name on the wall tells a story.
Matt Bloesch was just 13-years-old when his father died in the line of duty in 1988.
"I remember getting a phone call and hearing my dad had been shot" Matt told KTVU.
He says his father loved being a police officer.
“It was the best job in the world he would say."
Marilyn Rosekind was 27-years-old in 1958 and she and her husband Barry had just bought a house. They had two young boys and were thinking about expanding their family when he was killed.
"He was chasing a speeder and a young man ran a red light and hit him cut him off," explains Rosekind. "We had seven good years, sometimes there is only one love in your life."
Bloesch and Rosekind both on the board of Baleaf, the Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund.
Bayleaf is dedicated to helping support officers and their families.
Bloesch says it serves an important role, "The problem is we are the helpers and it's very easy for us to help its very hard for us to ask for help for ourselves."
For Rosekind it's about giving back in her husband's memory, "I wanted to honor my husband."
She believes the memorial is another way to do that.
Bloesch says he hopes people see the memorial and share stories about the officers on that wall.
"As long as we are sharing that story as long as we are telling about them," he says they won't be forgotten.
It will be dedicated Tuesday night on what would have been Rosekinds' 63rd wedding anniversary.