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Highway patrol officer memorialized with the new sign
by AnnElise Hatjakes
Jan 27, 2009 | 5671 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<a href= mailto:dreid@dailysparkstribune.com>Tribune/Debra Reid</a> - Sparks City Councilman Ron Smith, left, greets Dirk Borgognone, right, after a memorial sign was unveiled for Borgognone's wife. NHP Trooper Kara Kelly Borgognone died in a car accident while responding to a crime call.
Tribune/Debra Reid - Sparks City Councilman Ron Smith, left, greets Dirk Borgognone, right, after a memorial sign was unveiled for Borgognone's wife. NHP Trooper Kara Kelly Borgognone died in a car accident while responding to a crime call.
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It's been nearly one year since Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Kara Kelly-Borgognone died in the line of duty and on Tuesday, two memorial signs reading 'Trooper Kara Kelly Borgognone Memorial Blvd' were erected in her honor.

"I'm glad that these (signs) have been put up so that we can remember the sacrifice that Kara made," Kara's husband, Dirk, said.

Kara died Feb. 28, 2008 from injuries she suffered when her patrol car collided with another vehicle as she was responding to a call involving a possible bomb at a gas station in Spanish Springs.

Trooper Kelly-Borgognone had served with the Nevada Highway Patrol for two years and had previously served with the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation for eight years.

"Any time a law enforcement officer dies, the community support is amazing," Dirk said. "I want to thank the entire community. We are a part of this community and it's been great to see everyone get involved with this."

The Sparks City Council approved the sign in November 2008. The city worked with Ron Applegate of Kiley Ranch Properties. Kiley Ranch donated the anchors for the signs and also extended the landscaping for the sign coming off of Pyramid Highway, which involved extending their irrigation and donating the rock. A contract with Silver State Barricade and Sign paid for the memorial sign. Applegate is currently talking to the design review committee as he would like to include plants under the both signs, possibly including some roses.

"It's important that we honor Kara's memory in an appropriate manner, which is why this sign was put up," city spokesman Adam Mayberry said.

Councilman Ron Schmitt was the primary public official behind the installation of the memorial signs.

"An e-mail was sent to Ron Schmitt asking that we put up the memorial sign," Sparks maintenance manager Mike Biselli said. "I think it took somewhere between six and nine months from when the e-mail was sent to Mr. Schmitt to today for the sign to be put up," Biselli said.

"This is my ward and it was important to me that Kara be honored as a part of her community," Schmitt said.

"It's great to see the sign here, but it's also hard," Dirk said. "It's been almost a year now and being here dredges up old memories that may have been suppressed. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't think of her but it's important to find joy from tragedy."

"She was an extraordinary individual and an extraordinary officer," Chief Christopher Perry of the Nevada Highway Patrol said. "At a time when role models are becoming increasingly scarce, I can think of no better role model than Kara. This sign will help to preserve her memory."

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