COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) – National Police Week begins Monday in Washington D.C. to honor officers killed while serving, and Compco Industries of Columbiana will once again play a big role.
The company will provide families with framed memorials of loved ones they’ve lost in the past year.
Ryan Keller is working on this project, adding names to photographs of fallen officers.
“What we do as a company here, is we present the families of the fallen police officers with a personalized painting of their loved one,” he said.
They make the pictures two at a time on a large format printer.
This year, Keller will make 137 individual framed pieces of art. Then next week, just like he has for the past seven years, he’ll hand-deliver them to the families.
“When they meet with us and they actually see their loved one inside the picture, it’s very emotional for them. It brings up a lot of memories.”
Cory Saint Clair of California drew the picture that depicts a policeman with a folded flag next to a lion and its cub. The reflecting pool at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is in the background, with a lone rose on the deck.
The project costs about $20,000. Wilbert Funeral Homes and the Muransky Companies are also sponsors.
“We believe in supporting our local police departments, our military,” said Compco Chairman Greg Smith. “It was just embedded in all of us and it’s just who we are as a company, as a group, as a family.”
Compco has been involved with the police memorials since 2001, and Smith plans to continue the tradition for years to come. The company is also considering changing the picture to one drawn by an artist from the Youngstown area.