Video report by News 11's Milrose Basco
The City of Brawley honors one of their own by naming a park after him.
U.S. Army Captain Scott Pace died while serving our country in Afghanistan over the summer and his community and loved ones are making sure he’s not forgotten.
It’s a park on the north end of town where Pace used to spend a lot of his time when he was growing up in Brawley.
"We wanted to do something as a community to keep his legacy and his memory alive. He grew up in this neighborhood he was our paperboy. He loved playing basketball," close family friend and project coordinator Marlene Currier said.
He loved basketball so much he became a guard for West Point.
Pace was a helicopter pilot in the Army and was shot down during a mission.
"His goal was to bring every man and woman home. He was a company commander. He said that was my prayer every day that I could bring everyone home unfortunately that didn’t happen," Scott's father Patrick Pace said.
"He always was a kid who never took the easy way out. He always went the extra mile and gave his life," Currier said.
"It’s improtatn that people make huge sacrifices. He made an obviously a sacrificed his life for his country and for his community," Mayor of Brawley George Nava said.
Pace received two Purple Heart medals and two Army Air medals known to be very prestigious.
His father said Scott thought of himself as just an ordinary guy. "He would be taken a back that anybody would respond to him that well. He was just a regular guy and I think as I go through this over these past months, my own thought is I don’t believe he ever knew how much influence he had among people," Pace said.
The dedication is set for Veteran’s Day.