Galvin was a member of the Wichita Police Bomb Squad. He was injured in an explosives accident in October 2000. He died of his injuries two weeks later. His widow, Mary Galvin, accepted the donation on behalf of the memorial.
"To honor those officers that have died giving service to this community," said Lt. Chris Bannister as he presented Ms. Galvin with the check. "In honor of your husband as well as our recent tragedy, Deputy Etheridge. With our deepest gratitude."
Mary Galvin says the death of Deputy Etheridge is another reason why she hopes the memorial is finished soon.
"It brings it to light that it's more important now than it has ever been," said Ms. Galvin. "It needs to be finished and completed."
Bannister, who is head of the Wichita Bomb Squad, is thankful for the international organization's generosity.
"These are guys from 10 states that came and said we want to make a donation."
More than half a million dollars has already been raised for the memorial. Including the IABTI donation, $25,000 is still needed.
Donations can be sent to:
Law Enforcement Memorial
Wichita Community Foundation
Epic Center, 301 N. Main Ste. 100
Wichita, Kansas 67202-3002