Thursday morning, a large crowd of law enforcement personnel gathered at the Hancock County Sheriff's Department for the presentation of the finished chair in the memory of Deputy Luke Gross.

Presentation of Honor Chair for Deputy Luke Gross June 1, 2023 Photo Chris Popper
Presentation of Honor Chair for Deputy Luke Gross June 1, 2023 Photo Chris Popper

The finished chair will remain in the roll call room so Deputy Gross is always a part of the Department.  A plaque will hang next to the chair or rest on it.

Roll Call is one of the few places your shift mates sit together before going on their tours. During Roll Call not only are the activities and assignments read, but it gives a place for healthy banter, kudos for previous action and reminder that you are not alone once you hit the streets. When a Law Enforcement Officers makes the ultimate sacrifice, his or her presence is missed. The Honor Chair is place in the roll call room as a reminder that even though they are not there physically, the Officer will always be with you as you head out to the battles, carrying on the watch.. in their honor.

Something amazing is happening outside of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office in Ellsworth. A group called Saving a Hero's Place from Texas has traveled to Ellsworth to create a beautiful chair with the help of Deputy Gross' family and co-workers that will live forever in the Sheriff's Office.

The mission of Saving a Hero's Place is to honor fallen First Responders killed in the line of duty. To date they have built 256 chairs and delivered them to 27 states and 1 to Colombia South America. This is the 1st build onsite out of the State of Texas.

The fact that Saving a Hero's Place is onsite is made possible thanks to a $2000 donation made by Machias Savings Bank.

The chair is made out of cherry. The building of the chair began on Tuesday, May 30th and will be completed by early Thursday morning, June 1st where it will be then presented to the Gross Family for permanent placement at the Hancock County Sheriff's Office.

Check out photos from today's build

Saving a Hero's Place

The Chair being built by Saving a Hero's Place to Honor the Memory of Deputy Luke Gross


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