Heacook monument, bench included in park re-design

By Mike McClure

The town of Delmar held a re-dedication ceremony for State Street Park last Sunday afternoon following a makeover which included a monument and bench in honor of fallen police officer Cpl. Keith Heacook. The ceremony took place a little more than two years after Heacook lost his life in service to the town.

Pastor Jared Rittenhouse of the 3C Church gave the blessing while Delmar Mayor Tom Bauer served as the emcee. Councilman Odell Jones also spoke about Heacook, reading the message on the monument.

RIBBON CUTTING- Members of the Delmar Council, Commission, and administration are shown during the ribbon cutting for the re-dedication of the State Street Park, which took place last Sunday. Submitted photo

American Legion Riders Chapter 8 presented a check for $750 to the Delmar Police Department for tactical gear and safety equipment. The funds were raised from the group’s minibike sales.

The bench was dedicated in memory of Heacook by the Ricky Disharoon family. Heacook’s son, Matthew, did the unveiling of the monument.

Bauer thanked Bob Buck and the town’s Department of Public Works, Delmar VFW, Delmar Fire Department, and the Delmar Council and Commission for helping make the rededication possible. 

The park’s World War II Memorial, remodeled scout building, newly painted pavilion (in orange and blue), new and safer playground equipment, new grills, updated electric hookups, and improved lighting was also part of the rededication.

The town’s West Tot Lot also received new equipment, a new fence, and fiber chips. The ceremony ended with the ribbon cutting for State Street Park.