Memorial to fallen officer Lt. Aaron Allan unveiled in new Southport complex

A widow's message
Remembering Lt. Allan
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SOUTHPORT, Ind. (WTHR) - One year after he was shot and killed after trying to help someone involved in a crash, Southport police Lt. Aaron Allan was honored with a new memorial.

Several hundred people including family, friends, fellow officers and even strangers gathered outside the new police station, which Lt. Allan helped design.

They were here to honor his memory and sacrifice.

"On the day he left us, he left us trying to save a life," said Sen. Joe Donnelly, (D-Indiana). " Think of that."

James Allan, Aaron's father, fought back tears as he addressed the crowd.

"I'm quite honored to say I'm Aaron's father and I'm quite saddened to be here. Aaron did all the right things this time last year and he gave the sacrifice no one wants to be told. It's been a year of crying, a year of laughter, anticipation and just wanting."

The unveiling of Lt Allan's memorial wall was meaningful for everyone who attended, for those who worked alongside him and especially for his family.

Allan's widow Stacy spoke publicly for the first time since his death.

"The last 12 months without my husband is hardest thing I've had to do," she said. "It's tough to describe the void, yet there's (a great) amount of gratitude we feel. I've learned to lean on faith more than ever before."

Stacy spoke with the couple's 6-year-old son Aaron at her side.

"Your support has made very uncertain times for all of us a little more bearable," she said. "The men and women of the Southport police station who continue to suit up every day, you guys are amazing."

Southport Mayor Russ McClure said of Allan's memorial wall that "it's not made with brick or stone or concrete but with the dedication and sacrifice of law enforcement men and women. "

Plaques on the wall say, "you will be greatly missed by all" and "thank you for your service."

A memorial to Lt. Aaron Allan was unveiled at Southport's new municipal complex on July 27, 2018. (WTHR Photo)
A memorial to Lt. Aaron Allan was unveiled at Southport's new municipal complex on July 27, 2018. (WTHR Photo)
A memorial to Lt. Aaron Allan was unveiled at Southport's new municipal complex on July 27, 2018. (WTHR Photo)
A memorial to Lt. Aaron Allan was unveiled at Southport's new municipal complex on July 27, 2018. (WTHR Photo)

Lt. Allan's widow, Stacy, and his father, James, were invited to share a few words before the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Inside the new municipal building are other tributes, including a special roll call chair with his badge embedded in it and a life size bust of Allan which will soon be cast in bronze.

"I love and miss him so much. Nothing can ever bring him back but I'll always have the memory of him and the job he did for Southport. I know I raised a hero and he's in heaven now and God's taking care of him," said Laurie Lowry, Allan's mother.

Stacy also stressed that the statement she shared a few days after Aarons' death still rings true.

"I choose peace, choose to live in the light of the Lord even in the darkest moment," she said. "I cling to hope, we cling to hope knowing the good in the world far outweighs the evil."

Stacy also expressed condolences to the Coleman family, who lost 9 members in a boat accident in Missouri last week and she noted "we are a family and it wasn't just one hero that lost their life that day."

She asked those gathered to keep the family of IMPD Dep Chief Waters in their prayers as well. Waters died from injuries he suffered in a car crash the same day Lt Allan was killed.