JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Jersey City has dedicated its newest police station in memory of a rookie officer who was gunned down in the line of duty.
The new West District station on Jackson Avenue has been named for 23-year-old Officer Melvin Santiago, one year after he was killed in what authorities described as an ambush.
Santiago’s family was on hand for the ceremony with heavy hearts, CBS2’s Christine Sloan reported. His mother, Cathy McBride, was honored but still overwhelmed with sadness.
“The compassion, the support they have shown my family this past year is overwhelming and truly humbling,” she said. “I wish he was here. I wish his name wasn’t on the facility. I wish he was a part of the facility.”
Mayor Steven Fulop called it bitter-sweet.