Chula Vista bridge dedicated to slain San Diego police Officer Jonathan De Guzman

Posted at 6:44 AM, Jul 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-19 15:46:06-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - A bridge overpass in Chula Vista was dedicated Thursday to a San Diego police officer who was killed in the line of duty.

The Palomar Street bridge above Interstate 805, located at 400 E. Palomar Street near the transit station, is now named the Officer Jonathan M. De Guzman Memorial Bridge.

De Guzman, a Chula Vista native and 16-year veteran of the police force, was shot and killed on July 28, 2016, in the Southcrest area while on duty with the San Diego Police Department’s Gang Suppression Unit.

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De Guzman’s widow Jane and their two children, Jed and Amira, were at a ceremony to unveil the bridge sign bearing his name.

Jed De Guzman spoke briefly at an outdoor podium to the more than hundred people in attendance.

"I have days where I think I'm fine and happy, and then I have these other horrible days where I just can't think straight, and I just lose it because I miss him so much. And I would trade anything just to see and talk to my dad one more time,” he said.

Jane De Guzman and her daughter did not speak at the ceremony.

Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas, SDPD Chief David Nisleit and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher were among the dignitaries in attendance at the ceremony.

The event was hosted by Gonzalez Fletcher, who spearheaded a resolution effort to create the dedication.

De Guzman’s partner, Officer Wade Irwin, was also shot in the 2016 incident but survived his injuries.

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The suspect in De Guzman’s death is currently awaiting trial.