Three Miami-Dade commissioners are prime sponsors of legislation that will continue to honor the memories of fallen County police detectives Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth. On May 3, 2011, the County Commission approved a resolution that would co-designate a portion of SW 56th Street as "Officers Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth Street." The legislation to designate the street was prime sponsored by Chairman Joe A. Martinez and Commissioners Javier D. Souto and Jean Monestime. The item was passed unanimously by the Board.
The street naming ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 10 a.m. near the entrance of Tropical Park on the 8100 Block and Miller Road (SW 56th Street). The newly co-designated road will stretch from SW 97 Avenue to the Palmetto Expressway.
Condolences poured in from around Miami-Dade County when both detectives were killed on January 20, 2011. Castillo and Haworth were serving a felony warrant to Johnny Simms, a career criminal wanted for murder, at a Liberty City residence. As Simms' mother opened the door for the detectives, Simms opened fire, killing both Castillo and Haworth. Another officer on the scene shot and killed Johnny Simms.
Detectives Castillo and Haworth had more than 40 years of police experience between them. Roger Castillo was known as a loving husband to his wife of 16 years, Debbie, and a wonderful father to his three young sons, Brian, Michael, and Anthony. Amanda Haworth was a devoted mother to her two sons, Austin and Jordon. She is also survived by her parents, stepparents, three sisters, and life partner, Rosie Diaz.
"As a former Miami-Dade police lieutenant, the deaths of Detectives Castillo and Haworth hit especially hard for me," said Chairman Martinez. "However, during the officers' public memorial, it was an amazing moment to see the community almost come to a standstill and pay their respects to the fallen officers. It is a small consolation, but a consolation nonetheless, to see how Miami-Dade residents stepped up to support the police officers who work to protect them every day."
"The placement of this co-designation is fitting for two heroes. The intersection of the ceremony leads into Tropical Park to the site of the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which was constructed to honor fallen officers," said Commissioner Souto. "We can never repay Officers Castillo and Haworth's families for the sacrifice they have to endure for the rest of their lives. The least we can do is continue to remember the work they did in life to make Miami-Dade County a safer place to live."
"Officers Castillo and Haworth were not only members of our law enforcement, but long-time residents of our community," said Commissioner Monestime. "We must honor their sacrifices so that Miami-Dade residents are always aware of and appreciate the dangers police officers must endure on the job."
For more information on the ceremony, please contact the Office of Chairman Martinez at 305-375-5511.