A sign to officially commemorate Mendoza Field in memory of Mesa Police Sgt. Brandon Mendoza was unveiled May 11 at Guerrero Rotary Park, 205 W. Eighth Ave. A memorial wreath was also placed below the sign prior to the ceremony, according to a press release.
Before his death May 12, 2014, Sgt. Mendoza worked tirelessly with the community to make Guerrero Rotary Park a safe and better place for residents to enjoy. Shortly after his death, it was announced that the baseball field at the park would be named in his honor.
Sgt. Mendoza died in a traffic accident involving a wrong-way driver following his work shift. He was posthumously promoted from officer to sergeant four days after his death.
A new fundraising campaign has been launched to raise $50,000 before the end of 2015 to give an “extreme makeover” to Mendoza Field.
“Sgt. Mendoza loved this community and spent a lot of his time, on-duty and off-duty, making this area a better place for the community, so I can’t think of a more fitting tribute than to have the baseball field named in his honor,” District 4 Councilman Chris Glover said in the release. “His legacy and commitment to the neighborhood will forever be linked to this park.”
Improvements to Mendoza Field will include covered dugouts and benches, bleachers, chain link fence, concrete work, turf irrigation and sod. Approximately $10,000 has been raised from various sources. Businesses and individuals are being encouraged to donate to the campaign. A gofundme.com account has been created to accept donations at http://www.gofundme.com/u3f5nmk. A total of $1,980 had been donated by 25 individuals as of May 16.
“Brandon’s dedication to this neighborhood and park will never be forgotten. He loved and was loved by our community. What he did will forever leave a legacy for our future generations to strive for. I am proud to have known him and proud he worked for our department,” Mesa Police Chief John Meza said in the release.
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