LAVEEN, Ariz. (KSAZ) - On Friday, groundbreaking took place for a brand new sports complex in Laveen in Southwest Phoenix. The complex is name in honor of a fallen Phoenix Police officer.
The David Glasser Athletic Complex, located in the area of 51st Avenue and Dobbins, is named in honor of an officer who was killed in the line of duty in 2016, near 48th Lane and Baseline.
Glasser's wife, Kristen, said as much as he loved being a police officer, Hlasser was also a huge sports fan.
"Sports were also going to be part of his retirement plan," said Kristen. "He was going to teach school and coach basketball. He knew what an important role sports had played in his life, and he wanted to pass it on through coaching kids someday."
Loved ones posed with shovelfuls of dirt to make the groundbreaking official Friday. Phoenix Police was also out in force.
"We never take for granted the ultimate sacrifice made by David. I am proud to be representative of the police department," said Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams.
The million-dollar project is owned by the Laveen Elementary School District, and partially funded by the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority.
"I know he would feel so honored to have this complex named after him," said Kristen. "I am glad my children are here and that they can participate today. I know as they grow up, this will be a special place to see and remember what an amazing man their father was."