Philadelphia, October 18, 2019 – Senator John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) sponsored a bill in May 2019 to rename a city block after deceased Philadelphia Police Officer Raymond Diaz Jr.
“I learned about Officer Raymond Diaz before the FOP Memorial Ceremony in Harrisburg back in May,” Sabatina said. “I felt a street renaming, particularly in an area he patrolled would be a token of our appreciation.”
On October 24th the 2100 block of Castor Avenue will be dedicated in honor of Officer Diaz. It will be known as “Police Officer Raymond Diaz, Jr. Memorial Highway.”
Officer Diaz’s was responding to a burglary-in-progress when another vehicle struck his patrol car. After battling for close to two years, Officer Diaz succumbed to medical complications due to the injuries he sustained in the car accident.
“Officer Diaz is a fine example of a selfless, public servant,” Sabatina said. “We will remember his sacrifice always. This street renaming is one step toward keeping his legacy alive.”
The 2100 block of Castor Avenue in the heart of the 24th police district where Officer Diaz proudly served for two decades.
On one side of 2100 Castor Avenue is the building that formerly housed the Sterling Paper Company. The building features a tower, which is symbolic of the Harrowgate community. On the other side of the street is the Heitzman Recreation Center, where so many children and adults from the community come to play baseball, basketball and swim. It is also the meeting place of the local civic association.
The area is experiencing a resurgence. The new owner of the Sterling Paper building is converting the space into residences, while Heitzman Recreation Center is going to be refurbished in the next year.
“This new investment in the community cannot happen without the dedication and sacrifice of the 24th District Police Officers,” Sabatina said. “Fittingly, as the community prospers, a main thoroughfare in the neighborhood will bear the name of a person who helped make it possible.”
Two signs will be unveiled on Castor Avenue, one where it intersects with Amber Street, the other where it intersects with Sepviva Street.
“It was my honor to sponsor the legislation that dedicated this street in Officer Diaz’s name,” Sabatina said.
The ceremony is set to take place at Castor Avenue and Amber Street on Thursday October 24th at Noon.
Attending and participating in the ceremony will include the wife and children of Officer Diaz, members of the FOP Lodge 5, members of the police department, and other elected officials.