DOWNEY – Warren High School’s O corridor was dedicated and renamed Wednesday in honor of late police officer and Marine veteran Ricardo “Ricky” Galvez.
Members of the Downey Unified School District Board of Education, City Council and staff, Officer Galvez’s family, Warren Administration, and several Downey Police Department Officers gathered in Warren’s main quad for the ceremony.
The dedication involved three speakers, which were DUSD Superintendent Dr. John Garcia, School Board President D. Mark Morris, and DPD Police Chief Carl Charles.
“It’s altogether fitting and proper that we honor Officer Galvez for the fine work he did,” said Morris. “As you look back on his life, he was very much a stand up person – one involved in service. And even at the time that his life was tragically taken, he was serving the citizens of Downey. So we think it proper to honor him in this regard. What better role model could our students here at Warren and also at Downey have, than an officer that always was on duty?”
“On behalf of the Galvez family…the men and women of the Downey Police Department, Mayor Saab, and the city of Downey, I’d like to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude for this extraordinary gesture,” said Charles. “We truly value the great relationship we’ve always had with our school district, and I believe our school resource officer program was developed and cultivated out of that strong bond.
“Although Ricky was taken from us far too soon, the renaming of this corridor in his honor will serve to remind us all of the lasting impact that he had on the Downey community and his country. It will also help to ensure that his legacy will never be forgotten.”
A new sign bearing Galvez’s name, as well as a plaque were unveiled at the head of Warren’s “O” corridor during the close of the evening’s event.
Galvez was killed late last year during what authorities have described as a botched robbery attempt. The three defendants, who have been charged with Galvez’s death, are now facing new charges in connection to a crime-spree earlier that night, according to an article published by the Press Telegram earlier this month.
A similar dedication ceremony will take place next week at Downey High School.