GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The city of Gulfport celebrated another recovery milestone Monday as leaders broke ground on the new Robert Curry Public Safety Center. The 65,000 square foot, $22 million facility will be home to many of Gulfport's city services.
The new municipal building is named in honor of Lieutenant Robert Curry who was killed in the line of duty last August.
"We did everything together and he was just the greatest dad ever," said Kristin Curry.
Lieutenant Leslie Curry said the new building will be more than a gift; it will be a life-long legacy for her family.
"It's been a hard time and this really shows how much everybody cares about Rob and the department and the family, and it just means a whole lot to us," Curry said.
"He was a very special person and his legacy is something that we should all try to follow," Gulfport Police Chief Alan Weatherford said.
Mayor Brent Warr agrees.
"How better to remember your father or husband than to drive past a building that will be named after him for hundreds of years," Mayor Warr said.
Mayor Warr said the new public safety center will house the Gulfport Police Department, the municipal court and several other city services.
"It's going to be the finest municipal center in the state of Mississippi," Warr said. "We've always said we want Gulfport to be the corporate headquarters for the state of Mississippi."
City leaders expect the Robert Curry Public Safety Center will open in one year.