MISSION - The City of Mission and Valley law enforcement agencies were in attendance for Corporal Jose Luis “Speedy” Espericuerta Jr.’s, street dedication ceremony Friday, October 4, 2019 at Mission Police Department.
The street dedication ceremony honored the 18-year law enforcement veteran after his final watch, Thursday, June 20, 2019 came to an end. Cpl. Espericuerta, an officer with Mission P.D. made the ultimate sacrifice when he was fatally shot in the line of duty that Thursday evening protecting and serving the community.
“To this very day, it's a tough situation,” said Mission chief of police, Robert Dominguez. “But with your prayers and your support, we’ve been able to start the healing process. To this very day I still get letters in the mail from across the country offering their sympathy from various police departments, state agencies and federal agencies throughout our nation.”
What has been known as 1200 E. 8th St is now Corporal Speedy Dr. in front of the Mission police department.
Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa presented a special resolution to Roberta “Bobbie” De Leon Espericuerta, wife of Cpl. “Speedy” Espericuerta. The resolution was passed in the Texas senate which honors and recognizes people like Jose “Speedy” Espericuerta. Sen., Hinojosa also presented a flag that was flown over the state capital to Espericuerta’s mother, Santy Gonzalez.
“I think Speedy was a great example of someone who loved his community and family and loved what he did,” said Sen., Hinojosa. “You could tell it, you could see it and everybody knew it.”
The street dedication ceremony also fell on what would’ve been his 45th birthday which the City of Mission and Mission P.D. proclaimed Oct. 4 as “Speedy” Espericuerta day.
The four new street signs unveiled represent all of Mission’s law enforcement as a reminder to their dedication to the City of Mission and its surrounding communities.