Slain Police Officer Honored By Over 2,000 Police Officers
Police Officer Jonathan “JD” De Guzman of the San Diego Police Department was killed in a shooting at a pedestrian stop July 28, 2016 and during his memorial, over 2,000 police officers showed up and participated in his funeral procession. Colleagues from his department as well as officers from all over the U.S. were present.
De Guzman had protected the streets of San Diego for 16 years and was honored not only by the police but the entire community immediately after his death in a moving and highly emotional service.
“The thing about J.D. was he was never satisfied with being average, he always wanted to improve… J.D. could be heard saying ‘Let’s go! There’s much work to do! Let’s go get the bad guys!’,” said SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman in her eulogy.
Almost year later, the entire community still remembers J.D.’s heroism, friendliness, and passion as SDPD honored his memory at a solemn ceremony Thursday.
During the event attended by hundreds of police officers, family members, and citizens of the community, SDPD unveiled a granite memorial where the names of De Guzman and other fallen officers were carved.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who was present on the occasion, said in a speech that: “It’s hard to believe that it has been nine months since we lost J.D. in a senseless act of violence. For 16 years he served the San Diego Police Department and the people of our great city with honor.”
To De Guzman’s family, Mayor Faulconer gave an assurance that J.D. will always be remembered.
“I promise you that this city will never forget J.D.’s sacrifice,” the Mayor said.
Chief Zimmerman also assured everyone in attendance that every police officer who died in the line of duty will always be in their hearts and minds.
“After each loss, we vow to remember the officer’s life and bravery for generations to come. They will never be forgotten. That’s why we have our wall of honor right here outside the headquarters,” Zimmerman said.
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