- A post office in California has been renamed in honor of a slain Filipino-American police officer
- The Chula Vista post office branch will now officially be called the Jonathan J.D. De Guzman Post Office Building
- De Guzman was killed during a routine stop of a gang member in July last year
A post office in California has been renamed in honor of one of the fallen San Diego police officer who was killed in the line of duty last year.
On Monday, colleagues, friends and family of San Diego Police Officer Jonathan ‘JD’ De Guzman, a Filipino-American, gathered together at Chula Vista post office branch at the corner of Kuhn Drive and Miller Drive just a few blocks from his home.
The facility has been officially renamed to Jonathan J.D. De Guzman Post Office Building via the legislative initiation of Rep. Susan Davis. It was approved by former US President Barack Obama.
De Guzman, a 43-year-old father-of-two, was shot and killed during a routine stop of a gang member on July 28, 2016. He was fatally shot five times and reports said the incident unravel so quick that he was not able to pull out his service weapon.
His partner, Officer Wade Irwin, was also shot and wounded in the attack, but managed to fire back.
“The memory of Officer Jonathan De Guzman will live on,” Irwin told Fox 5. “Generations will know the sacrifice he made and that he dedicated his life to protecting and serving the San Diego community he loved.”
“This is a tribute to him and our law enforcement officers who make the safety of San Diegans their top priority,” he added.
De Guzman’s eldest son and namesake, said it makes him proud to see his father’s name on the building.
“I feel like it’s going to uphold his legacy and preserve it for the San Diego community,” De Guzman Jr. said.