The students who developed the mural are Madison Osborne and Sophia Sommers.
LAKE TWP. With wings widely spread in the midst of a gold and blue cloud, the angel cradles the limp body of a police officer in uniform.
To each side are shadow box displays paying tribute to fallen members of the Uniontown Police Department, Capt. Daniel Stiles and Officer Joshua Miktarian.
The display, on a wall inside the Uniontown Police Department headquarters, was created by two high school students from Lake Center Christian School.
"When I was at another (police) agency, I saw that image on a wall," said Chief Michael Batchik. "That is supposed to be St. Michael (the Archangel). It was a powerful image. It stuck with me."
The message reads, "Honor The Fallen. Heroes Are Never Forgotten."
The students who developed the mural are Madison Osborne and Sophia Sommers. The girls will be juniors at Lake Center Christian when the upcoming academic year begins. They had assistance from art instructor Mary Beth Stauffer and a volunteer, Emily Meraj.
"The chief contacted the school and wanted to know if the students would be interested in painting and drawing the mural," said Kim Beavers, public relations officer for Lake Center Christian School. "They worked on it for about two and a half weeks."
Capt. Stiles was killed Feb. 15, 2011, when he was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic at Edison Street (state Route 619) and Kaufman Avenue NW.
Officer Miktarian was fatally shot on July 13, 2008, while making a traffic stop in Twinsburg. Miktarian was on the Twinsburg Police Department. He also was a part-time officer with Uniontown.
"I personally think it is a great thing," Lake Township Trustee John Arnold said. "When Capt. Stiles was killed, he was directing traffic for Lake Center Christian School."
Lake Township Board of Trustees oversee the Uniontown Police Department. Arnold said Miktarian also would direct traffic near Lake Center Christian School while students arrived.
"That was part of his detail," Arnold said. "These guys were about protecting the kids, getting students to and from school safely."
When Batchik came up with the idea to honor Stiles and Miktarian with a mural, he bypassed a professional artist.
"It just wanted to work with the schools," Batchik said. "We have a lot of talented kids in the area. We walk through Lake Center Christian School on a daily basis. They have art posted in their hallways. They definitely have talent."
In front of the mural sits what is known as an Honor Chair, donated to the police by an organization called Saving a Hero’s Place. The organization, based in Richmond, Texas, donated the chair in tribute to Stiles.
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