El Paso City Council members unanimously voted Tuesday to change the name of Carolina Park in the Lower Valley to ‘Officer David Ortiz Park’.
Officer Ortiz was killed in March 2016 after being hit on his police motorcycle.
According to EPPD’s Twitter, a renaming ceremony is taking place Wednesday at 10:00 am.
Renaming ceremony of Carolina Recreation Center and Park, Wednesday, June 14, @ 10 a.m., 563 N. Carolina.
#eppd#915#elpasotexas#CLEAT— EL PASO POLICE DEPT (@EPPOLICE) June 13, 2017
Ortiz’s brother, Raymond Ortiz Jr., told NewsChannel 9 him and his family are humbled that the city is honoring their brother and son.
He also thanked City Rep. Lily Limon for working with his mom to have the park renamed. Replacing the sign was one of Limon’s last projects as the representative for District 7.
According to city documents, Limon asked council to approve around $11,000 for the new signage from the district’s discretionary fund.
“I think the park would be fitting because that’s who David really was. David is someone who just enjoyed being with family, and I think the park says it all; bringing unity, bringing family together, and enjoying that moment,” Ortiz said.
The man who hit Officer Ortiz, John Paul Perry, is serving a 40-year sentence after taking a plea deal.