First responder statues go up in Council Bluffs

COUNCIL BLUFFS, NEB (KMTV) - Four bronze statues now stand tall at the Public Safety Plaza in Council Bluffs.

"It's is beautiful, I am so pleased," said Ron Mahoney.

This Fourth of July city leaders unveiled these designs during a special ceremony, honoring those who put their lives on the line every single day.

"It's been a long process but well worth waiting for," said Mahoney.

The statues represent local first responders.

Ron and Suzanne Mahoney came up with the concept.

"I was crying yesterday and I am crying now," said Suzanne Mahoney.

"We have so many friends that are either police officers, troopers, sheriffs, firefighters and we just wanted to thank them," said Mahoney.

Public workers took pictures standing next the statues designed to look like them.

"We are dedicating the Public Safety First Responders Plaza,  this is our gift to the city and a tribute to all these people symbolized on these statues," said Mahoney.

Firefighter Kelly Salvo says she's thankful to be recognized by her city.

A gesture which tells her, her hard work is not going unnoticed.

"The statue represents what we do, carrying a child out of a fire," said Kelly Salvo.

"Everyone has to do that, male or female it doesn't matter," said Salvo.

Serving as a reminder to respect the men and women who risk their lives to protect yours.

"You don't hesitate to call 911 when you need them, so it's nice to thank them every once in awhile," said Mahoney.

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