Manuel (Manny) Ortiz International Plaza Renaming

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Manuel "Manny" Ortiz (1967-2019) was a beloved father, brother, son, and friend who also served as an esteemed officer of the law. Manny was a 22-year veteran of the Rochester Police Department. He was well-known and treasured throughout the community, both for his role as a police officer and as a member of the Latino community.

Mayor Lovely Warren is quoted as saying, "Manny Ortiz had a presence that was larger than life. His departure will leave a huge void for all of us."

The RPD has created The Manuel "Manny" Ortiz Community Policing award, which will be bestowed annually to "an officer who exemplifies what it means to be a servant of the community, and one who goes above and beyond every day."

In honor of and with gratitude for his service and commitment to the local Latino community, we ask the International Plaza located at 828 North Clinton Avenue Rochester, NY 14605 be renamed the "Manuel Ortiz 'Manny' International Plaza" or "Plaza Internacional de Manuel 'Manny' Ortiz".

Please sign and share this petition to create a groundswell of support to make this happen. Please do not donate any money to this petition; if you feel inspired to make a contribution, donations can be made online to a scholarship fund set up for Ortiz's children: https://tinyurl.com/ortizscholarship



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