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Published on April 11, 2024
Philadelphia Police Honor Fallen Hero Sgt. Richard Mendez with Dedication CeremonySource: Facebook/Boston Police Department (Official)

A moment to honor bravery and sacrifice, as the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 held a ceremony yesterday to remember Sergeant Richard Mendez, who was killed in the line of duty at the Philadelphia International Airport while confronting car thieves last year. A plaque was dedicated in his memory outside the police union's Northeast Philly headquarters, according to NBC Philadelphia.

Lodge 5 at 11630 Caroline Road is now home to the 127th plaque marking the valor of police officers and deputy sheriffs fallen in service, the solemn assembly attended by police officers who raised their arms to salute Mendez and a bugler and bagpiper provided a haunting soundtrack to the tribute, as reported by The Inquirer.

Charged with the murder and related crimes are three men—Yobranny Martinez-Fernandez, 19; Alexander Batista-Polanco, 21; and Hendrick Peña-Fernandez, 21; with Martinez-Fernandez accused of firing the fatal shot, their trial is pending while Jesus Herman Madera Duran, involved in the incident, was shot during the struggle and later died, information confirmed by The Inquirer.

Amidst the grief, Mendez's widow and daughter expressed their loss and pain, his widow remembering him as 'the love of her life' and mentioned 'My biggest regret is not being able to grow old with him' in a heartfelt statement obtained by KYW Newsradio. The plaque serves as a symbol of enduring remembrance and offers a measure of solace to the family, symbolizing that Sergeant Mendez's sacrifice is etched into the collective memory of the community he served with dedication.