Boy scout raising thousands of dollars for memorial to honor fallen Hendersonville police officers

Posted at 6:30 AM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 13:58:52-04

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Two days after Officer Spencer Bristol became the fifth member of the Hendersonville Police Department to die in the line of duty, boy scout Cody Vincent-Hohman asked if could build an end-of-watch memorial.

"Cody's planning has been impressive," said Hendersonville Officer Jamie Owens.

Vincent-Hohman, 18, had been working on the project since January, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Recently he's been able to pick it back up.

This is the 18-year-old's Eagle Scout Service Project.

"Even if this wasn't for scouts, I would be more than willing to do this project," Vincent-Hohman said.

His plan is erect the memorial at the city court building. He wants to spruce up the landscaping and install a granite marker with the names of the department's five fallen officers.

"Each of these officers know day-by-day they're going out here to protect this community. It is not for personal gain," he said.

Vincent-Hohman is visiting stores, restaurants, churches and offices to ask for donations for the memorial. He estimates the project will cost between $8,000 and $10,000.

"The project that Cody has come up with has gone far beyond anything we expected," said Officer Owens.

The scout visited Hendersonville Produce on August 6th when store owner Regina Gammon was working.

"This was the first scout that came to me in full uniform and had all this paperwork all ready to go and wanted us to donate to a cause for our community," said Regina Gammon. "It was so heartwarming and immediately I agreed."

Vincent-Hohman would like to have the memorial completed this fall.

"They gave everything they had to our community so I want to give a little something back in honor of them," he said.

Donations can be made to his Go Fund Me.