The Talmadge community organized a flag ceremony to remember Officer Jeremy Henwood's birthday.
Henwood was shot and killed in the line of duty August 7, 2011.
The officer was sitting in his patrol car in City Heights when the driver of a black Audi pulled up alongside his vehicle and shot Henwood in an unprovoked attack.
Members of the community met at the corner of 45th Street and University Avenue Friday, in the same location, and placed sunflowers to remember the officer on what would have been his 36th birthday.
Members of the U.S. Marines raised their flags in his honor. Before joining the San Diego Police Department, Henwood was a combat Marine who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.
Members of the department said it meant a lot to know officer Henwood is still being remembered by the community he served.
“It's very touching to us as officers that they remember Jeremy and appreciate the sacrifice he made for his community,” said Capt. Todd Jarvis with the SDPD.
San Diegans may remember Henwood from surveillance video captured just moments before his death showing the police officer buying cookies for a child at the McDonald's on Fairmont Avenue.
The video was described as a random act of kindness a man members of the community consider a hero.