San Diego

Eastlake Post Office Named for Slain San Diego Police Officer

The U.S. Post Office in the Eastlake community of Chula Vista, California was named in honor of Jonathan “JD” De Guzman, the San Diego police officer killed last year in the line of duty.

Dozens of police officers attended Monday's ceremony including San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, Chula Vista Police Chief Roxana Kennedy.

De Guzman was shot and killed in July 2016 during the stop of a gang member in Southeast San Diego.

He had dedicated his life to law enforcement and protecting the community.

Joining the force in 2000, he patrolled neighborhoods, worked on the SWAT team and on the elite gang suppression unit.

The officer's eldest child said he passes by the post office often and it really makes him happy that his father's name will be added to the building.

"I feel like it’s going to uphold his legacy and preserve it for the San Diego community,” said Jonathan De Guzman, Jr.

A plaque and De Guzman's photo will hang in the lobby of the post office on the corner of Kuhn Drive and Miller Drive in Eastlake.

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