Mesa honors Sgt. Brandon Mendoza at Guerrero Rotary Park
By: Kevin Christopher
05/22/14 10:51 AM
May 22, 2014
Public Information and Communications
Contact: Steve Wright
Mesa, AZ – Before his untimely death May 12, Mesa Police Sgt. Brandon Mendoza worked tirelessly with the community to make Guerrero Rotary Park, 205 W. 8th Ave., a safer and better place for residents to enjoy. To pay tribute to his legacy, it has been announced that the baseball field at the park will be named for Brandon Mendoza and a fundraising campaign to continue improvements to the baseball field will be held in his honor.
“The incredible outpouring of support from the local community after Sgt. Mendoza’s death is a testament to the impact he had as a Mesa Police Officer,” Mayor Alex Finter said. “I look forward to the day we can visit the baseball field at Guerrero Rotary Park, reflect on his life and see the kids that he inspired every day.”
Improvements to the baseball field will include covered dugouts, an irrigation system and new concrete work.
“I can’t think of a better way to honor Sgt. Mendoza than for his name to grace this field,” Vice Mayor Chris Glover said. “The baseball field and this community meant so much to him; it is fitting that his name be forever linked with it. I am so glad that his legacy and his commitment to the neighborhood and the park will be honored this way.”
The announcement follows numerous discussions by the Police Department, City officials and community leaders about how to honor the fallen officer, who was posthumously promoted from officer to sergeant four days after his death.
“Naming the baseball field in memory of Brandon is a great way to honor him. He loved helping the baseball team which plays there and he was truly a team player for the Mesa Police Department. This announcement truly reflects on the type of person and police officer he was,” Police Chief Frank Milstead said.
The Foundation for Mesa Parks and Recreation is raising money to make improvements to the baseball field in honor of Sgt. Mendoza. To contribute, visit www.mesaparksfoundation.org. Click on the Donate Now button and in the Purpose field, type “Sergeant Brandon Mendoza Memorial Fund.”
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