Congresswoman Susan Davis Dedicates Chula Vista Post Office After Slain Officer Jonathan ‘J.D.’ De Guzman

Mar 6, 2017
Press Release

CHULA VISTA – The effort to honor fallen San Diego Police Officer Jonathan “J.D.” De Guzman became a reality with a dedication ceremony at a Chula Vista post office. Davis passed the law to name the post office after De Guzman, which was signed by President Obama.

Davis, the De Guzman family, San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, and a lineup of dignitaries were on hand for the ceremony that named the postal facility on Kuhn Drive in Chula Vista, where De Guzman lived, as the “Jonathan ‘J.D.’ De Guzman Post Office Building.”

“The outpouring of support from the community for Officer De Guzman is moving and inspiring,” said Rep. Davis. “It is a testament to who Officer De Guzman was as an officer and a person. The legacy of J.D.’s service and commitment to the community will live on.”

Those in attendance included: Jim Olson, District Manager, U.S. Postal Service; David Bejarano, Former Chief, Chula Vista Police Department; Jonathan “Jed” DeGuzman, Officer De Guzman’s son; Roxanne Kennedy, Chief of Police, City of Chula Vista; Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego County District Attorney.

Wade Irwin, J.D.’s partner, who was wounded in the shooting that killed De Guzman, was also present.

Davis also presented De Guzman’s wife, Jane, with a framed copy of the bill signed by President Obama.

Born in the Philippines, De Guzman traveled to the United States at age twenty, with high hopes of achieving the American Dream.

Through hard work and perseverance, he achieved this dream as San Diego law enforcement officer, serving in many different roles within San Diego Police Department.

Tragically, on July 28, 2016, Officer De Guzman, was shot multiple times, at point blank range, and killed.   Prosecutors say the attack happened so quickly that he never had the opportunity to pull his service weapon.  He was only forty-three.

Office De Guzman is survived by his parents, a wife and two children.

In September, Davis met with the De Guzman family to offer her condolences. She then introduced her bill to honor Officer De Guzman.