Published : Friday, 04 Jan 2013, 12:50 PM EST
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - There's a chill in the air in downtown Kalamazoo right now, but when summer comes, fellow officers of the late Eric Zapata hope to make a city green space a memorial in his honor. Officer Zapata was 35 years old when he was killed in the line of duty two years ago this April. Since that time, a great deal of work has been done to keep his memory alive. Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeffrey Hadley and Assistant Chief Brian Uridge share how we can help the memorial become a lasting legacy to Officer Eric Zapata, a 10-year veteran of KDPS who was shot and killed on April 18, 2011, while coming to the aid of a fellow officer who came under fire while responding to a shots-fired call in the 1400 block of Hays Park Avenue in the city's Edison Neighborhood. The effort to raise funds for the memorial needs contributions in order for it to be realized. They hope to meet their fundraising goal by spring and put the memorial in place this summer. Check out these ways to make your contribution today.
Eric Zapata Memorial
Donate by check by mail:
Edison Neighborhood Association
816 Washington Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact Assistant Chief Uridge for more information: