From Dublin Police Services:
Dublin Police Services will be having a memorial tree lighting ceremony to honor Deputy John Paul Monego, who was killed in the line of duty in 1998.
The ceremony will take place in the lobby of the Dublin Police Services, located at 100 Civic Center Plaza on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
The memorial will consist of the tree lighting ceremony followed by light refreshments in the Dublin Library Community Room, immediately thereafter.
Dublin Police will be accepting unwrapped gifts for the City of Dublin’s annual “Holiday Gift Drive.”
On Dec. 12, 1998, Deputy Monego was responding to a 911 call at the Outback Steakhouse in Dublin when he was shot numerous times after being ambushed by three suspects who had captured and were holding the first deputy who had arrived on scene inside.
Deputy Monego was the first police officer to die in the line of duty in Dublin. Monego had been an officer for nine years and had worked in Dublin for eight months when he was murdered.
His son, Dominic, was 18 months old at the time. Three suspects were arrested for the robbery and murder. The shooter, Reuben Vasquez, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.