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Memorial honors former Colorado Corrections executive director

Memorial honors former Colorado Corrections Chief

CANON CITY, Colo. - Former Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director Tom Clements is the 16th officer to be added to Fallen Officer Memorial in Canon City today.

"It's an extraordinary honor to have your name on the wall, but it comes at the ultimate price," Gov. John Hickenlooper said.

It has almost been a year since Clements was shot and killed.

Prosecutors said parolee Evan Ebel is the only known suspect in the shooting.

The Department of Corrections is keeping Clements' memory alive.

"Most of us carry a constant reminder of it every day regardless, but it's something physical we can see," Department of Corrections' Rick Raemisch said regarding the pine tree planted in Clements memory.

A shadow box of a prison key, the state seal- and badges were given to Clements' family.
"It will remind you that our hearts are open to you and your family. We are always here with you," Deputy Executive Director Kellie Wasko said.

The memorial wall and pine tree can be seen at the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility in Canon City.

The Department of Corrections said it will make an award in Clements' name. It will be given to a front line staff member who has a positive impact on a prisoner getting out of jail.

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