04/29/10 166 W - + 7 - 14 Name Change For Lightner Public Safety Center?

What's happening these days with the Lightner Public Safety Center project? A member of the police department and city resident wants the building named after firefighter or police officer who died in the line of duty, versus former mayor Clarence E. Lightner. The one-time mayor is also the city's only black mayor to date.

Detective Kevin Rooker sent a letter to all council members requesting a considering of the name change, and also started a Facebook group on the topic. The group has some 280 members at present. The News & Observer has the story. Other reporting includes this story from from WTVD.

How many fire and police members have died in the line of duty in the Capital City? Three in the fire department (1956, 1965, 2008) and eight in the police department (1922, 1968, 1968, 1968, 1980, 1995, 1995, 2002). Read about the firefighters on Mike's history pages. Read about the police officers at the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation, a group started last year by active and retired members.

Why does every building in America have to be named after someone? Please…........

This is a good idea and I applaud the officer for trying to do something. However these topics are nothing but a
big political ball that gets tossed around and the media blows it up and out. Then it’s a racial injustice and well…
we aren’t represented fairly etc…

So much work has gone into this project and…well lets hope it works out and this much needed facility can be built and service the residence of Raleigh and Wake County.
Buckwheat - 04/29/10 - 17:30

This has taken a totally different direction than intended. I want everyone to know, I have nothing against C. E. Lightner or his family. However, I respectfully suggest that someone who has made a significant sacrifice have the honor on such a monumental project. Please support the police and fire personnel, those whom make every sacrifice for the good of our community. KR
Kevin Rooker - 04/29/10 - 19:38

No matter who’s name is on the building, it has to be built first!
Jenny McQueen - 04/29/10 - 21:13

To honor all, maybe it should be named the “Raleigh Memorial Public Safety Center” and list the names of all of our fallen placed in its main foyer. No names on the building, just honor inside.
A.C. Rich - 04/29/10 - 21:29

Trivia for you, Memorial Auditorium was originally named War Memorial Auditorium, if memory serves, when it opened in 1932, and presumably honoring those that died in WWI (and perhaps earlier wars?).
Legeros - 04/29/10 - 21:31

@A.C Rich has the right idea. And I also agree with Jenny. Dang thing has to be a real building before we worry too much about anything else!
Marshall Sherard KE4ZNR (Email) (Web Site) - 04/29/10 - 21:43

A.C. and Jenny, you both are right, and make good points.

We could call it the Raleigh Public Safety Center. Or, take it a step like the RBC center….give it a name, get a sponser later… “The Krispy Kreme Safety Center of Raleigh NC”
Meier - 04/29/10 - 23:07

Meier, I don’t think that is all that far fetched, actually. Wake County Public Schools are also considering selling naming rights to high school football fields and gymnasiums to generate extra income. Stranger things have happened, eh?
Sparky - 04/30/10 - 07:27

They could do like the CIA and line an inside wall with a star for each public safety member that has been killed in Wake County, only put the name and end of duty date under each one.
Mike - 04/30/10 - 10:34

Meier…the Krsipy Kreme comment is perfect. See, no one should be affended by that. I like it!
This is a creative bunch on this site.
Buckwheat - 04/30/10 - 11:36

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