The late District police officer Paul Dittamo, who was killed responding to a call in October, was memorialized Wednesday as the city recognized National Police Week, which begins May 15.
Dittamo's parents attended Mayor Vincent C. Gray's weekly news conference, where Chief Cathy L. Lanier also expressed her gratitude for Dittamo’s service.
Last year, the local Fraternal Order of Police criticized Gray, then council chairman, for missing Dittamo's funeral.
Dittamo, 32, was responding to a call when the car he was driving crashed into a utility pole in October. He was the first D.C. police officer to die in the line of duty since 2007.
Dittamo opened and ran a pizza parlor franchise in Woodbridge before he started training to become a police officer.