Davis Bill to Name Chula Vista Post Office after Slain Officer Jonathan De Guzman Set to Become Law
WASHINGTON – Legislation to honor fallen San Diego Police Officer Jonathan “J.D.” De Guzman is on its way to the President, who is expected to sign the bill. U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (CA-53) carried the legislation, which passed the Senate on Friday, through Congress to dedicate a Chula Vista post office to Officer De Guzman.
“The memory of Officer Jonathan De Guzman will live on,” said Rep. Davis. “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.”
Once signed by the President, the postal facility on Kuhn Drive in Chula Vista, where he lived, will be designated as the “Jonathan ‘J.D.’ De Guzman Post Office Building.” The entire San Diego congressional delegation joined as original cosponsors of Davis’s legislation. All of California’s House members are also supporting the bill.
A 16-year veteran, Officer De Guzman was a decorated member of the San Diego Police. As Chief Shelley Zimmerman put it, he “always raised the bar” and cared deeply for his community.
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.
A dedication ceremony at the Chula Vista post office will take place in early 2017.