The artist, John Kiernan, had been a Fairfax County police officer for 15 years before he retired in 2001. He had been based in the Mason station for four years.
|Kiernan and family members with the mural.|
Kiernan used the 1954 Rockwell painting as a starting point, but he told the CAC members that his mural reflects the reality of policing today and the more diverse communities we live in. Surrounding the central tableau are scenes of police officers doing their jobs and scenes from Mason District, including Annandale (the cannon), Landmark, Bailey’s Crossroads, Culmore, and the Skyline Center.
Lee credited his predecessor, Major Ted Arnn, with spearheading the effort to develop the mural. Arnn told the CAC that, as the commander, he felt responsible for his officers’ morale. When he asked them what would motivate them, several suggested asking Kiernan to create a mural for the station.
Lee presented professionally photographed copies of the mural to several people who had made financial contributions to support the project, including James and Sheila Dryden; Liza Gonzales of the Servus Management Group, which manages Landmark Plaza; and Mason District CAC chair Ben Hester.