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ACR-41 Officer Isabel Velasquez Remembrance Day.(2019-2020)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Concurrent Resolution
No. 41


Introduced by Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia

February 22, 2019


Relative to Officer Isabel Velasquez Remembrance Day.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 41, as introduced, Eduardo Garcia. Officer Isabel Velasquez Remembrance Day.
This measure would honor the legacy of Police Officer Isabel Velasquez and dedicate May 31, 2019, as Officer Isabel Velasquez Remembrance Day.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, The untimely passing on May 31, 2018, of Police Officer Isabel Velasquez, a beloved native daughter of California whose unconditional giving of herself earned her the respect and admiration of her family, friends, and colleagues, and the countless individuals whose lives she touched, has brought immense sorrow and loss to people throughout the state; and
WHEREAS, Officer Isabel Velasquez was born on January 23, 1992, in South El Monte to Alejandro and Mercedes Velasquez, and later moved with her family to Indio where she attended Westside Elementary School; Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary school, where she joined the cadet corps; Indio Middle School, where she became an activist, always trying to help the less fortunate; Indio High School, where she played softball and participated in the cadet corps; and Amistad High School, from which she graduated in 2009; and
WHEREAS, Officer Velasquez went on to attend College of the Desert in Palm Desert and, continuing her early interest in public safety and uniformed services, at 19 years of age she enlisted in the United States Army Reserve, becoming a logistical specialist and completing six years of service as a reservist, part of which she served in Texas; and
WHEREAS, Returning to California to pursue her lifelong interest, Officer Velasquez resumed her studies at the Public Safety Academy at College of the Desert, and went on to complete her training at the Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center in Riverside; while diligently pursuing her education, she also worked at Oasis Rehabilitation Center and Telecare, serving in the area of mental health care, then gained experience as a public safety officer at Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino; and
WHEREAS, On July 7, 2016, Officer Velasquez fulfilled her lifelong dream by joining the Indio Police Department as a police officer, in which capacity she loyally and capably served until she became ill, then continued to provide an example of strength and grace for her fellow officers during her treatment; and
WHEREAS, As a woman of understanding, wisdom, strength, and patience, always ready to extend the hand of friendship and open her heart, Officer Velasquez will stand for those who knew her as a symbol of perpetual sunlight; for those who knew her only by her deeds, she will stand as a testimonial; and
WHEREAS, Officer Isabel Velasquez is survived by her father, Alejandro Velasquez Sr.; her mother, Mercedes Garibay; her brother, Alejandro Velasquez Jr.; her sister, Esther Velasquez; her nieces and nephews; her beloved Leah; her longest love, her husky, Flex; her extended family in California, Peru, and Mexico; and many fellow officers and friends; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature joins the family and friends of Police Officer Isabel Velasquez in mourning her loss, and in celebrating and revering the accomplishments and legacy of a distinguished and caring individual who lived life to the fullest, whose generosity was extended to everyone without hesitation or expectation of reward, and whose spirit will live forever in the hearts and memories of all her loved ones; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature honors the legacy of Police Officer Isabel Velasquez and dedicates May 31, 2019, as Officer Isabel Velasquez Remembrance Day; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.