Jersey City officials gathered at 1 Jackson Ave. this morning to dedicate the West District Police Station to slain Det. Melvin Santiago exactly one year after his tragic death in the line of duty.
Jersey City Public Safety Director James Shea, state Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-31), Mayor Steven Fulop and Police Chief Phillip Zacche were just a few of the officials who took the podium for the dedication ceremony.
Cathy McBride, Santiago’s mother, also said a few words about the families trials and tribulations over the past year.
The Santiago family was generally quite composed throughout the ceremony, though at times, found it impossible to hold back tears.
Near the end of the ceremony, Fulop and McBride unveiled the placard that commemorates the building in Santiago’s honor.
McBride also reflected on the tragedy of Santiago’s murder when speaking with Hudson County View.
The $11 million, 30,000-square-foot new station boasts a bronze statue of Santiago – donated by Brian P. Hanlon – in the main entrance, as well as medical equipment that will allow officers to conduct additional testing on pieces of evidence.
Santiago was killed in the Walgreens parking lot on 2395 John F. Kennedy Blvd. after a suspect shot him with a security guard’s gun.
Other officials in attendance included Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, Freeholders Junior Maldonado (D-4) and Anthony Romano (D-5), Assembly Nominee Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-31), and Jersey City Council members Khemraj “Chico” Ramchal, Rich Boggiano, Daniel Rivera, Frank Gajewski, Candice Osborne, Diane Coleman and Joyce Watterman – to name a few.