Wayzata Police Officers James W. Anderson and Bill Mathews. File photos. 

The City of Wayzata is breaking ground on a new Police Memorial next to City Hall on November 2 at noon.


(Wayzata, MN – October 29, 2018) On Friday, November 2, 2018, at noon the City of Wayzata will be holding a ground breaking event of the Wayzata Police Memorial, located outside on the park space east of City Hall, 600 Rice Street East.

Two years ago, the City Council appointed a group of community members to develop and design a Wayzata Police Memorial. The memorial was intended to honor officers, and especially the memory of Wayzata Police Sergeant James Anderson, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on August 31, 1982. On September 5, 2017, the Wayzata City Council approved funding for such a memorial. Just three days later, on September 8, 2017 at 12:30 p.m., Wayzata Police Officer Bill Mathews was struck and killed by an impaired and distracted driver when he was responding to a 911 call to remove road debris on U.S. Highway 12. The new memorial will now incorporate monuments remembering both Sgt. Anderson and Officer Mathews.

The City Council recently approved the location, design, and funding of a memorial that was designed specifically by the committee members. Some grading and footing work will commence this fall with the rest of the project finishing up in the Spring of 2019.

The memorial will stand as a symbol of the community’s appreciation for those who protect us. It will also serve as a way to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their life while protecting others.

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