A portion of the Foothill (210) Freeway in Pasadena will be dedicated on Friday, March 13, to the memory of the first sworn Pasadena police officer killed in the line of duty.

Pasadena police agent Richard Morris died in 1969.

The public is invited to the dedication ceremony which is a joint effort between the Pasadena Police Department and Assemblyman Chris Holden, D- Pasadena.

After the dedication, the section of the freeway between Rosemead Boulevard and Allen Avenue will be called the Richard Morris Memorial Highway.

Morris was part of an undercover team investigating an assault on another police officer. A struggle ensued when officers went to the suspect’s home and Morris was shot. He had been with the department for seven years.

“At great personal risk, Agent Morris engaged an armed suspect who clearly had violent intentions. After he was shot, Agent Morris was surrounded by his partners who risked their lives to save him, but in the end he did not survive. Agent Morris gone but not forgotten. His warrior spirit lives on in the hears of our contemporary Pasadena police officers who continue to serve with honor, integrity and courage,” said Police Chief Phillip L. Sanchez.

“This memorial was long overdue,” said Assemblyman Holden. “I was proud of lead the effort in the Legislature to add Agent Morris’ name to the list of those who died in service to the community.

The ceremony will take place on 9 a.m. on March 13 at the Pasadena Police department at 207 N. Garfield Ave.

The sign is funded by the Pasadena Police Foundation which is housed at the police department.

City News Service

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