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Erie Police Forensic Artist Uses His Talent To Honor Fallen Soldiers

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An Erie police officer is using his talents in a unique way.

He just finished his first portrait, that's the start of an ambitious project to bring memories to life, for families of fallen soldiers.

Detective Sergeant Chris Lawrence is used to drawing criminals.
But with this new project, he's now also drawing heroes.

23 year old Bryan Bell of Harborcreek, was serving in Afghanistan when he was killed by a roadside bomb in January of 2012.
And it's his memory and spirit that artist Chris Lawrence captures, in the first of what could be many portraits of fallen soldiers.

Lawrence was inspired by another artist, who's done thousands of sketches of fallen heroes for their families.
During this first sketch, Lawrence worked closely with Bell's family, particularly his father Rick Bell,  to make sure Bryan's likeness was as accurate as he could get.

As an Erie police detective, Lawrence is the department's forensic artist, drawing composite sketches of suspects.
But he's now taking his talents to a whole new level.

"I've done so many composite sketches and I'll continue to do them in forensics of the bad guy. Where this is just a nice change of pace in doing something that's equally as good but in a different type of format," said Lawrence.

Lawrence is hoping to continue this project for some time.
Presenting families of fallen soldiers with his work, not just here in Erie but around the region and even nationally as well.

He's doing all the work free of charge.
If you'd like to help Lawrence get the project started or keep it going, you can contact him at fallensoldiers.clawrence@gmail.com

 

*Correction to information in video: Bryan Bell was killed in action in January of 2012.

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