San Diego

Standing Ovation for Fallen Officer's Family, Partner at Ceremony

The family of Fallen San Diego Police (SDPD) Officer Jonathan "J.D." De Guzman and injured SDPD Officer Wade Irwin received a standing ovation during a ceremony honoring them. 

De Guzman, 43, was killed in the line of duty on July 28 when he was shot multiple times point-blank during a traffic stop by a man now charged in his death. De Guzman's partner, Officer Irwin, was also shot point-blank during the attack, but survived. 

A SDPD ceremony Thursday, held at MCAS Miramar's Bob Hope Theater, recognized the officers for their actions during a special recognition ceremony. 

De Guzman's family accepted the Police Cross in honor of their loved one, an award given to officers who make the ultimate sacrifice. 

"He is commended for his bravery and for his dedication to duty, which are in the finest tradition of the San Diego Police Department and the law enforcement profession," the speaker said as they handed out the award to his family. 

Officer Irwin received the Medal of Valor and The Purple Heart for his actions that day as he stood with his family, including his young daughter. 

The speaker described Irwin's heroic actions the night of the shooting.

"Officer Irwin was lying on the ground, bleeding profusely from the gunshot wound to his neck," he said. "Courageously, he pulled out his handgun and returned fire, successfully striking the suspect."

San Diego Police Department officials gave the families and recipients a standing ovation at the emotional ceremony. 

During the ceremony, officials also recognized promotions and awardees within the department. 

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