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Thermal street dedicated in fallen deputy’s name

The name of a fallen Riverside County sheriff’s deputy will now be honored as a street name near the new sheriff’s station in Thermal.

A dedication ceremony was held for “Deputy Manny Villegas Way” on Wednesday morning.

Villegas was killed in the line of duty in March of 2007 after being involved in a head-on traffic collision between Thermal and Mecca.

On the department’s website, a memorial reads, “Though he was only 33 years of age at the time of his death, Manny had lived the life many men strive for. He was a husband, a father, a decorated combat veteran, a friend and valued beat partner.”

Starting Wednesday, the public can see the “Deputy Manny Villegas Way” roadsign, which is located on the east side of the Thermal sheriff’s station.

KESQ News Team


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