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Mesa unveils sign commemorating slain officer at city park

PHOENIX — The city of Mesa unveiled a sign Monday commemorating a police officer who was killed by a wrong-way driver.

The sign stands near the newly-coined Mendoza Field at Guerrero Rotary Park near Country Club Drive and Broadway Road.

Before he was killed while off-duty last May, Sgt. Brandon Mendoza was a regular in the park. Residents said he was always working to improve the community, something in which the park plays a large part.

“(Mendoza)’s dedication to this neighborhood and park will never be forgotten,” Police Chief John Meza said in a release. “He loved and was loved by our community.”

The city decided to name the park’s baseball field in Mendoza’s honor shortly after he was killed.

The city is seeking $50,000 to make improvements to Mendoza Field. It hopes to add bleachers, fencing and dugouts, among other things, as part of an “extreme makeover.”