1000 paper birds line Art Hill in honor of fallen first responders

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 17, 2013 at 5:47 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Paper birds landed on Art Hill this weekend for the second annual St. Louis Crane Memorial in Forest Park.

The large origami cranes, 1000 total, represent fallen police and firefighters, with each crane standing for a wish for peace.

In 2008, Sergeant Michael King was killed on the job on Halloween night. His widow, Susan, went to the memorial.

King said she received help from Backstoppers after she lost her husband and their support was invaluable.

“Without them, I’m not sure what I would have done,” said King, “The emotional stress was really trying, but to know I didn’t need to worry really helped. More than I can say.”

The paper cranes are available for adoption for $10 at the event or online at stlcraneproject.com.

All proceeds from the event, including 100 percent of the adoption fees, will be donated to Backstoppers and Responder Rescue programs.

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