SHAMOKIN — The Cpl. David W. Witmer Memorial, which honors the only city police officer killed in the line of duty, was moved Thursday morning from Independence and Sixth streets to Lincoln Street across from Turkey Hill Minit Market.
The monument, which was relocated to make it more visible to pedestrians and motorists, now sits among multiple other statues, memorials and historical markers paying tribute to the city’s rich heritage along Lincoln Street.
Assisting in the installation of the monument were David Campbell, owner of Kulpmont Monuments, J&S Landscaping employees Adam Watkins and Adam Clemens, and Shamokin Street Department Foreman Kevin Richardson.
Richardson poured the footer for the monument that is painted blue and outlined in yellow. The footer where the monument sits is in the shape of the Shamokin police patch.
Jeff Tweed, owner/operator of Tranquility Tattoo and Art Studio in Shamokin, plans to paint a city police logo on the footer.
A special program marking the 35th anniversary of Witmer’s death will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the memorial. Annual services have been held since Witmer was killed at the age of 35.
Scheduled to attend the program are members of Witmer’s family, former county judges and district attorneys Robert Sacavage and Anthony Rosini, current district attorney Tony Matulewicz, former Shamokin police chief and current mayor John Brown, Shamokin Police Chief Darwin Tobias III and all his officers, municipal police officers from throughout Northumberland County, state police, the Rev. Sam Bellavia, pastor of Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, and other city officials.
Nobody epitomized the police motto of protect and serve better than Witmer.
The dedicated policeman was killed Nov. 13, 1983, in a shooting in Trevorton while on a mutual aid call.