Sacramento – The State Senate today unanimously approved Senate Concurrent Resolution 111 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), which designates a portion of Interstate 5 in Los Angeles, as the “Downey Police Officer Ricardo Galvez Memorial Highway.” SCR 111 now goes to the State Assembly for consideration.
“The memorial highway honors the service and profound sacrifice of Downey Police Officer Ricardo Galvez,” said Senator Tony Mendoza. “He was a thoughtful and dedicated officer who served and protected our community and our nation with professionalism, courage, and distinction.”
“We appreciate Senator Mendoza’s efforts to honor our fallen brother, Officer Ricardo Galvez, in this manner. On behalf of the Galvez family and the members of the Downey Police Department, we would like to thank the entire California Senate for approving the renaming of a portion of the highway in Ricky’s honor,” said Chief Carl D. Charles, Downey Police Department.
Specifically, SCR 111 designates a portion of Interstate 5 between the San Gabriel River Bridge and the Rio Hondo River Bridge in the City of Downey in the County of Los Angeles County as the Downey Police Officer Ricardo Galvez Memorial Highway. To read the resolution, please click on link: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SCR111
Downey Police Officer Ricardo Galvez was born on April 2, 1986 and raised Southern California. Galvez graduated from the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy and began his career as a Downey Police Officer in September of 2010. Over the next five years Galvez established himself as a competent and compassionate police officer. Officer Galvez served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 2008-14 and was stationed in the Cities of Pico Rivera and Los Alamitos, during which time he was deployed overseas as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is survived by his mother, Margarita Galvez, his sisters, Sandra and Nancy, and his brother, Peter.
On November 18, 2015, while seated in his vehicle adjacent to the police station, two individuals approached his car on foot and the individual on the driver’s side of the vehicle fired once striking and killing Galvez.
“My hope is that SCR 111 will help the community heal from this tragedy. They can take comfort in the fact that the life and service of this tremendous individual will be remembered always. I want to express again my heartfelt condolences to his parents, family and the colleagues of Officer Ricky Galvez,” said Senator Tony Mendoza.