Indian-origin cop laid his life in the line of duty while working overtime on Christmas night in 2018
San Francisco, CA
A 33-year-old Indian-origin police officer who was shot dead while conducting a traffic stop in 2018 was honored with naming a stretch of a highway in California after his name.
Dedicated to the courage and bravery of Ronil Singh from the Newman Police Department, the “Corporal Ronil Singh Memorial Highway”, which stands at Highway 33 and Stuhr Road, was unveiled at a ceremony recently. A resolution to this effect was passed by the Assembly Transportation Committee in September 2019.
“Today, a promise that was made has finally been brought to life. The Newman community honored the late Corporal Singh for his dedication and commitment to putting his life on the line for the safety of others,” Senator Alvarado-Gil wrote in a social media post, saying Singh will always be a hero.
Singh’s son Arnav, who was just five months old when his father was killed, wrote on the back of the signboard “Love you Papa.”
He was present along with Mother Anamika and other family members and was joined by Singh’s Newman Police Department colleagues and officials, including county Supervisor Channce Condit, state Senator Marie Alvarado-Gil, US Representative John Duarte, and Assemblyman Juan Alanis.
Fiji-born Singh began his law enforcement career as a volunteer with the Modesto Police Department and then served as a cadet and animal service officer with the Turlock Police Department.
He was gunned down by a suspected drunk driver when he was working overtime on Christmas night in 2018. Despite efforts of multiple agencies to assist Singh, who was found at the scene with gunshot wounds, he was pronounced dead upon arrival in a local hospital.