In the Line of Duty

Highway memorial sign honoring fallen PSPD officers put up

Sign erected one day after memorial ceremony

Highway memorial sign honoring fallen PS

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The city of Palm Springs wasted no time in putting up the bookends for the newly dedicated memorial highway named after fallen PSPD officers Lesley Zerebny and Jose "Gil" Vega.

The signs went up one day after the officers were remembered on the anniversary of their deaths.

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"This is such an amazing honor for them. Once you come into PS, you'll be able to see their names. It's really, truly an honor," said Andrea Murray, Officer Vega's Step-Daughter.

Some family members of fallen officers Jose "Gil" Vega and Lesley Zerebny came out to watch. Officer Zerebny's mother-in-law, Joni Zererbny, said she felt mixed emotions.

"'Miss you' and then Vanessa (Vega's youngest daughter) wrote 'Love you, Daddy,'" Murray said.

Check out more stories on Zerebny and Vega in the 'In the Line of Duty' section

Other family members and former colleagues put on the final touches before the signs went up.

"I put in our hearts forever," Joni said.

"Miss you and then Vanessa (Vega's youngest daughter) wrote 'Love you, Daddy," Murray said.

The gateway to Palm Springs, now a lasting tribute to the city's fallen heroes. 

"I'll probably find myself someday going over and sitting down and remembering who Gil and Lesley were and what they meant to the officers here," said Joe Cook, President of the Palm Springs Police Officers Association.

Read: Palm Springs Police Officers' Association raising funds for officers lost in the line of duty

The association said it raised $7,000 dollars to make the signs possible and couldn't have done so without the community's help.


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