Warren police officer Scott Taylor, left, and his son, police officer Scott Taylor Jr., stand before the new police monument at the Fraternal Order of Police Christopher M. Wouters Lodge.

Warren police officer Scott Taylor, left, and his son, police officer Scott Taylor Jr., stand before the new police monument at the Fraternal Order of Police Christopher M. Wouters Lodge.

Photo provided by Scott Taylor


Monument to fallen police officers dedicated in Warren

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 29, 2018

 The monument honors the fallen of the Warren Police Department. Officer Edward Rea was killed in a vehicle crash on March 3, 1969. Detective Sgt. Christopher Wouters was fatally shot during a struggle with a suspect on Oct. 11, 2000.

The monument honors the fallen of the Warren Police Department. Officer Edward Rea was killed in a vehicle crash on March 3, 1969. Detective Sgt. Christopher Wouters was fatally shot during a struggle with a suspect on Oct. 11, 2000.

Photo provided by Scott Taylor

 The monument was funded by private donations and the sale of memorial brick pavers.

The monument was funded by private donations and the sale of memorial brick pavers.

Photo provided by Scott Taylor

WARREN — Officer Edward Rea was killed in a vehicle crash on March 3, 1969. 

Detective Sgt. Christopher Wouters was fatally shot during a struggle with a suspect on Oct. 11, 2000.

Both served the citizens of Warren. Both died in the line of duty.

And now both will forever be remembered in a new monument at the Fraternal Order of Police lodge in Warren that also bears Wouters’ name.

“Whenever you have a line-of-duty death, the emotions, when it first happens, are horrible,” Warren police officer and FOP Christopher M. Wouters Lodge President Mike Sauger said. “It’s the same for officers and for families. This monument will stand forever as a remembrance of what happened to those two officers, those two heroes, and will always remind the next generations that his job is a dangerous job. We’ll never forget what these two individuals did for the city of Warren and the citizens.”

Officer Scott Taylor, an evidence technician for the Warren Police Department and the current vice president of the FOP Christopher M. Wouters Lodge, designed the monument and coordinated the project.  

“Probably in mid-2017, Mike and I were sitting around and talking about how we need our own memorial,” Taylor said. 

The statue and its base, surrounding brick pavers and flower boxes were then designed, and the project came together over the next year at a cost of about $100,000, fueled by private donations and the sale of engraved memorial bricks. 

“It’s important. Both those guys made the ultimate sacrifice for what we do every day as a career, as a job,” Taylor said. “You can’t give any more than those two did.”

Taylor, whose son, Scott Taylor Jr., is also a Warren patrol officer,  recalled a conversation about the monument with Wouters’ mother when it was officially dedicated on June 22.

“It meant so much to hear it from her,” Taylor said. “I’m humbled, yet as proud as can be. That made all the difference in the world.”