CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Blue ribbons were placed all over Heritage Park in Chula Vista Sunday in honor of fallen San Diego Police Officer Jonathan “JD” De Guzman, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Thursday. His partner Officer Wade Irwin is recovering in the hospital.
Local Girl Scouts with the help of the Chula Vista Police Department community members tied blue ribbons, signed heart felt messages and passed out remembrance pins.
“Every time we hear something on the news like that I lost a brother a family member, especially JD. I’m a Filipino and he came from the same background. We lived in the same neighborhood,” said Elvis Lansangan a Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officer.
Lansangan didn’t know JD personally, but says De Guzman's death hits close to home and his legacy must live on.
“It’s pretty hurtful and sad... coming out here is my way of showing how much I care,” said Valarie Summers, a retired officer with Pacific Beach.
CVPD Chief David Bejarano knew De Guzman and says he was dedicated to protect and serve.
“About 13 years ago, he was stabbed during a traffic stop. Maybe someone would have quit. He came back stronger and more determined to serve,” said Chief Bejarano.
From small children to older adults all are in appreciation to the De Guzman family, the Irwin family and to the law enforcement family and their hearts go out to them.
“It’s really heart breaking to hear because a lot of my friends' dads are police officers or their moms and it’s just really sad,” said 11-year-old Emmy Ochoam who came to show her support with her stepdad.