SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) — A ceremony was held Wednesday honoring local law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.
In front of the Regional Law Enforcement Memorial at the County Administration Building, hundreds gathered for the 33rd Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony.
"Gathering here today is extremely important - in fact - imperative that we remember all of them always," said San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman.
Unfortunately, since last year's event another name - San Diego Police Officer Jonathan De Guzman. - has been etched into the wall.
"J.D. died as he lived – a warrior and a hero," said Officer Wade Irwin.
Officer Irwin was there that day - July 28, 2016 - when they approached a gang member who opened fire without warning. Officer Irwin was hit first in the neck then officer De Guzman was shot 4 times. He died from his injuries.
"I truly believe if it wasn't for JD - I would not be here today," Irwin said at Wednesday's ceremony.
Officer DeGuzman's family was also at the ceremony surrounded by others who know their pain.
"I miss the conversations of him coming home, " said Nancy Robinson, whose brother - San Diego Sheriff's deputy Kenneth Collier - is also on the wall, which offers her comfort.
"I come and I sit and reflect - it's one of the places I get to visit him," said Robinson.
"Please God, let the last name on the wall, remain the last name on the wall," said Zimmerman.