Figueroa Green, an Eastmark neighborhood park located near Signal
Butte and Ray, was dedicated Saturday, January 11, 2014 in the memory of
a Phoenix Police Officer Shane Cory Figueroa, who was killed in the
line of duty Oct. 25, 2008. More than 100 family, friends and fellow
officers from Phoenix and Mesa came out for the moving ceremony and
moment of silence to honor Officer Figueroa and his family.
Mesa has a long tradition of dedicating streets to fallen officers.
Early in the planning and development stages of Eastmark, Vice Mayor
Alex Finter asked the DMB team if they would be willing to name a street
for the young officer. In addition to the street name, DMB decided to
also dedicate one of the community’s largest neighborhood parks and
named the park Figueroa Green.
Officer Shane Figueroa was a Mesa native and Mesa High School
graduate. Growing up, he had the desire to follow in his father’s
footsteps by joining the Phoenix Police Department, where he served for
three years. His family lives in Mesa and his brother Austin currently
serves as an officer for Mesa PD.
The dedication ceremony included a number of dignitaries including
Mesa Vice Mayor Alex Finter, Councilman Scott Somers, Phoenix Police
Chief Daniel Garcia, as well as Cory Figueroa, Shane’s father, and
others. While these men spoke of the sacrifice and legacy of Officer
Figueroa, children attending the event played quietly on the massive
play orb in the park. Speakers noted that these children at play
represented the legacy of the young officer.
Thank you to the Figueroa family for inviting so many to join you in
honoring Officer Shane Figueroa. Figueroa Green Park, and the monument
there in his memory, will stand as a living tribute to a young man’s
contributions serving our community.
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