Councilor David Gravel asked to be told “if there’s anything I can do or anything anybody on the committee can do. ... You can count on my business for support.”
Councilor Anne Manning-Martin, who has family serving on the Fire Department, praised the men for taking the time and making the effort.
Speaking after his appearance, Kimball explained that the memorial would include the names of fallen public safety workers like Rice on the bricks, but that it was meant to honor police and fire in general.
“This is basically for people who have died in the line of duty,” Kimball said. “For people who have retired. For the guys and gals who are still on the job and for future generations.”
The proposed monument now reads, “This memorial is dedicated to the brave men and woman past, present and future who have dedicated their lives to Peabody public safety.”
Backing up Kimball at the meeting were Joe DaSilva and police officers Gerry Fitzgerald and Justin Cecil.
Anyone interested in more information is urged to go to the website, www.peabodymemorial.org.