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Memorial dedicated to fallen officer at Alvernon Park

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TUCSON - A memorial now stands at Alvernon Park in honor of fallen police officer, Jeffrey H. Ross.

Ross was 27 years old when he was shot and killed in the line of duty during a narcotics raid in 1982.

Family and friends gathered at the park in honor of Ross Wednesday, July 11th. 

Childhood friend, John Sainz said, “Ross made the ultimate sacrifice, and so Tucson needs to honor, like America honors, their heroes and this is just a small humble way of doing that.”

This memorial has been 36 years in the making, and his sister Heather said this is the moment they have all been waiting for. 

"It brings it full circle. We have a great memorial that children are going be able to play in the park and be able to say who was that man and what did he do, maybe be inspired to also be a community leader," she said.

But, this memorial did not come without controversy. 

In May, the Tucson City Council discussed and voted on Resolution 22898, which was intended to authorize and approve the renaming of Alvernon Park to The Jeffrey H. Ross Memorial Park. 

While many neighbors wanted the park name to stay Alvernon Park, friends and family of Jeffrey Ross wanted the park to be honored in his name. 

At the council meeting, both sides appeared optimistic at a compromise, which would keep the park's name Alvernon Park but add a dedication to the memory of Jeffrey H. Ross. This was approved in a 7 to 0 vote. 

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