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Published: Saturday, 4/28/2007

Tree planted in memory of slain police detective

An oak tree was planted yesterday in the Civic Center Mall between Toledo police headquarters and the Lucas County jail downtown in memory of slain Toledo police Vice Detective Keith Dressel.

About 150 people, including Police Chief Mike Navarre and Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, attended the short ceremony. The detective s widow, Danielle, and their son, Noah, 4, were the first to shovel dirt into the hole where the tree was planted across from the Toledo Police Memorial Garden, the chief said.

The detective s colleagues in the vice unit then did the same. A temporary sign marking the living memorial will be replaced with a permanent marker, such as a monument or a stone with a plaque, the chief said.

The 35-year-old detective was fatally shot Feb. 21 in North Toledo. Robert Jobe, 15, of the north end, is charged with delinquency in connection with aggravated murder in the detective s death.

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