The Adeje council has paid tribute to members of the National Police who have fallen while performing their duty to the public with the installation of a commemorative monument. The homage was unveiled on October 2nd, the day of the forces’ patron saint, the Custodial Angel.
The monument, located in Costa Adeje, also marks the restitution of a plaque which was placed there in memory of Victor García González who died in 1992 when he was shot in the line of duty. The plaque had been removed during works in the zone. The new monument names García González and extends the tribute to all members of the state security forces who have given the lives in the line of duty, saving others.
The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, offered his sincerest thoughts on “this day, which is so significant, as we are remembering and honouring members of the National Police who have given their lives in service, and to all those members of the different security forces who have demonstrated their commitment and generosity every hour of every day, performing the most heroic deed of all, giving their lives”.
The mayor added that “we want to leave a permanent reminder of our love and gratitude to all of those who serve others by putting their lives on the line. This is more than a profession, it is a vocation. In difficult times, such as those we are experiencing at the moment, the presence of the police and security forces is vital and for that reason symbolic acts such as this one are also a way of passing on society’s recognition of that commitment.”
For his part, the Tenerife Sur Police commissioner, Carlos Ludeña Alonso, explained that the repositioning of this plaque honouring Victor Manuel García González who was the victim of “a terrible and cruel assassination in the act of serving the public as a member of the police force” brought together everyone in the Adeje council and saw the realisation of their promise to re-establish this monument that had been removed to facilitate local works. He also said that “the gratitude of all the people of Adeje was reflected in the monument which recognised the service the National Police gave to the public on a day to day. And for that my sincere thanks to the borough”.
Also present at the commemorative act were representatives of other security forces including the Adeje Guardia Civil, the justices of the peace, Adeje councillors and the artist who designed the monument, the Adeje-based sculptor, José Luis de León Torres.