Hollywood police officer Yandy Chirino was honored at an event on Sunday, a year after he was killed in the line of duty.
A monument and park dedicated to Chirino have been erected in the Emerald Hills neighborhood of Hollywood, where he was killed in October 2021.
The emotional event focused on remembering, honoring and celebrating Chirino’s life.
“He was such an inspiration to our officers, juniors and seniors alike,” said Hollywood Police Chief Chris O’Brien.
“There’s a saying I mentioned, Live Like Yandy, and that’s how our officers live. He came to work and gave 110%,” he said.
A monument with a QR code has been installed in Chirino’s honor that takes people to a video that shows information about his life and legacy.
Organizers of the event said the aim of the monument was for children to learn about Chirino and to ensure that his fellow officers never forget him.
“He was just extremely symbolic of what this profession is all about, giving back to the community. You can see by the outpouring of support here today, everyone loved him,” Chief O’Brien said.
It touched many lives, like Avi Frier, who worked with the City of Hollywood to organize the event.
“I’ve lived in this community since 1994, I raised my kids there, they played in this park. When we lose an officer, it’s an affront to anyone who lives in this community,” Frier said.
“He was without a doubt a hero and deserves our thanks and that we keep him forever in our memory,” he said.