The City of Rockwall Police Department’s Community Service office located in the Brookshire’s shopping center will be renamed in honor of the late John Fitzwater.
The request to rename the center in honor of Mr. Fitzwater was made by the Rockwall Police Officer’s Association and then approved by the Rockwall City Council by a unanimous vote on Monday November 16th 2009.
Mr. Fitzwater spent many hours volunteering his services to the Rockwall Police Department beginning in 1998 when he attended the Citizen Police Academy. He then joined the Citizens on Patrol organization and became a police department volunteer.
“John Fitzwater was an outstanding citizen who spent countless hours in selfless volunteer service to both the Rockwall community and the men and women of the Rockwall Police Department,” said Chief Mark Moeller. “I believe this is a fitting tribute to a man who put others before himself.”
Mr. Fitzwater had 724 documented community service hours plus numerous hours he volunteered or served that were not documented. He performed puppet shows for children’s programs, patrolled neighborhoods and businesses and trained new volunteers on how to operate Sky Watch – which he delivered and picked-up.
He also held the office of President of the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association from January 2008 until his death on September 19, 2009.