Police officers killed in the line of duty will get a special honor as Mayor Brian Stack, the Board of Commissioners and the Union City Police Department remember them during National Police Week (May 14 — May 22).
The city will host several events for Union City police officers. President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation in 1962 designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. More than two decades later, thousands will gather in Washington, DC to honor those police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“It is important for us, as a community, to recognize and thank our police officers and EMTs for all they do to serve and protect us each and every day,” Stack says.
“The achievements of the men and women of the Union City Police Department should not go unrecognized as they are part of what makes the city such a great place to live. We are indebted to the six officers who were killed in the line of duty and to PO Fernandez. Their contributions will forever be a part of the city’s history.”
On Monday, May 15, the city will host a Candlelight Vigil in remembrance of those six officers to be held at Police Memorial Park on 11th Street and West Street at 8 pm. Members of the community are welcome to join the city to express their gratitude and reflect on the sacrifice these officers made for the community.
And on Tuesday, May 16 at 6 PM, the city will honor PO Ricardo “Ricky” Fernandez, who unexpectedly passed away in 2016 by renaming 43rd Street in his name.
The Union City Police Department Motorcycle Squad Building will be named in PO Femandez’s honor as the officer was an exemplary member of the Squad.
Following the street and building renaming, the Mayor and Board of Commissioners will recognize Union City police officers and EMTs for their exceptional achievements by going above and beyond the call of duty.
“I am proud and privileged to lead such a tremendous group of law enforcement professionals and the recognition they receive is well deserved for the excellence they demonstrate in serving the community,” says Chief Richard Molinari.
“The department and residents are sincerely grateful for those who have sacrificed their lives in service. The six officers and PO Fernandez will always be a part of the law enforcement family and their service will always be memorialized in Union City.”
On Saturday night, Union City Police Sgt. Mark Zeitounian was killed in a multi-vehicle accident on his way to work.