Berks County is paying tribute to a fallen sheriff's deputy and his heroic actions.
A new monument was dedicated Monday to Kyle Pagerly, who was killed in the line of duty three years ago.
"It's a day that we're never ever going to forget," said Berks County Sheriff Eric Weaknecht, who added Kyle's death was the darkest day in the history of the sheriff's office.
"Gone but not forgotten." Those are the words inscribed on the monument to honor Pagerly. He was shot and killed in the line of duty June 29, 2011.
"It's just amazing that three years later everyone is still remembering and honoring the sacrifice that he made," said Alecia Pagerly.
The monument was a labor of love by Kyle's father, Dave, and the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club. It was dedicated in front of family, friends, fellow officers and community leaders Monday.
"It's a reflection of Kyle's life, what he did, how he served his country and how he served his community selflessly," said Dave Pagerly, who added he broke into tears the first time he saw it.
The monument is made out of poured concrete. It sits in the newly renovated County Services Center Plaza at Court and Reed streets in Reading. A bench with Pagerly's K-9 partner, Jynx, faces the monument and reads, "Always watching."
"You cant ask for a better spot because of the thousands of people coming in here per week and walking by it and getting to see the story of Kyle and the hero he truly is," said Weaknecht.
Three years later, Alecia Pagerly said her daughter, Savannah, is starting to ask about her dad. Pagerly said Savannah looks and acts like her dad, and she is the best reminder that he's not forgotten.
"His life got cut so short and he still managed to do all of these things and help so many people. I hope younger children can walk by it and see what a hero is instead of sports athletes and everything and emulate their life after our first responders," said Pagerly.
The monument was constructed by Boulder Designs and it was made possible through the leadership of The Blue Knights, Thunder Outreach Ministries, Penn National Gaming Foundation, Tom and Doris Pagerly (Kyle Grandparents) and hundreds of other individuals.Images: Deputy Kyle Pagerly memorial dedication
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