Richmond street name changed to honor fallen officers

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The City of Richmond renamed a road in Byrd Park to honor fallen officers during National Police Week.

What was known as Trafford Road is now Police Memorial Way. City Council voted to change the name last year.

City officials revealed the change in a ceremony Tuesday afternoon in front of family members of fallen officers, community advocates, and former officers.

“Honoring the sacrifices of the fallen officers who were serving the City of Richmond,” Richmond Public Information Officer James Mercante said.

It’s a change that means more than just a name.

“It’s an affirmation of honor for those now living, for those deceased and for those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving and protecting us,” Former RPD Officer Glenwood Burley said.

Penn Burke told 8News his grandfather was killed in the line of duty. He said seeing the road’s name changed was an emotional moment.

“To see the city showing some respect by renaming a street for Police Memorial Way and allowing this piece of Byrd Park to be used for placing the statue,” Burke said.

If you’d like to honor fallen officers the Richmond Police Department is hosting a memorial ceremony Thursday morning at their training facility.

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