State Senator Jack M. Martins paid homage to a fallen New York City Police officer who was killed in the line of duty by passing a bill to name the Jericho Turnpike bridge overpass, crossing over the Cross Island Parkway in Bellerose, as the "Police Officer Arthur Lopez Memorial Bridge."
Officer Lopez had served with the Nassau County Police Department for eight years and was assigned to the Emergency Services Unit, one of the department's most elite units after only five years of service. During his time on the force, Officer Lopez earned six meritorious service awards, three excellent police duty awards and several other command recognitions.
On October 23, 2012, Officer Lopez and his partner observed a vehicle they believed had been involved in a hit-and-run accident in Bellerose Terrace. The officers followed the vehicle into Queens, where they conducted a stop. After the officers approached and exchanged words, the subject opened fire. Officer Lopez was struck in the chest. He was 29-years-old.
He was posthumously promoted to detective, an honor that was received by his parents, Alfonzo and Mirella Lopez.
Senator Martins wanted to honor Officer Lopez and sought a recognition that would permanently honor the officer's memory. "Officer Lopez gave everything he had to the residents he swore to protect. He served with bravery and honor. His memory will forever live in the hearts of his parents, Alfonzo and Mirella, as well as his fellow officers and all who knew him," Senator Martins said. "His commitment to his profession and his sacrifice should serve as reminders of the courage the brave men and women of our law enforcement and emergency service personnel show each and everyday they put on the uniform. The 'Police Officer Arthur Lopez Memorial Bridge' will be a symbol of honor and selfless sacrifice."