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Colleagues Honor Officer Killed While Wife Was Pregnant

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County officers stood shoulder to shoulder while their friend and brother in blue, Hector Ayala was honored.

Ayala's wife Melissa and their two-year-old son, Hector Jr., were invited forward to make the first etchings of his name on the memorial wall.

"Want to make a tradition to come down here on his one-year anniversary or his birthday for his kids to see their Dad’s name on the wall," says Melissa.

Ayala was killed last year when he got into a car accident while responding to a call. At the time, his son was 15 months old, and his wife was about six months pregnant with triplets.

"It's a nightmare that you can't wake up from, especially being pregnant at that time," Melissa says. "We were just planning to pick out furniture and I was getting ready to pick out a casket."

Melissa says she's eternally grateful for the support she's received and hopes this memorial will give her children a sense of who their father was.

"Unfortunately they won't have many memories of him but there's all of us who will be able to tell them that their dad was just, unbelievable," she says.

The names of 316 officers were added to the memorial this year.


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