Commissioner Javier D. Souto to participate in Major Gary Shimminger Way street co-designation ceremony on Nov. 6
For over 26 years at the Miami-Dade Police Department, Gary Shimminger dedicated himself to the cause of public safety. Now the street behind his old high school will bear the late police major’s name as a permanent memorial to his years of service to the community.
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier D. Souto, the Miami-Dade Police Department, Major Shimminger’s family and others will participate in a ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. to co-designate Southwest 90th Avenue between 28th and 32nd streets behind Christopher Columbus High School as Major Gary Shimminger Way.
“This is a fitting tribute to an exceptional public servant,” said Commissioner Souto, who sponsored the May 7, 2013 resolution that approved the street co-designation. “Major Shimminger made a big difference in the lives of everyone who was lucky enough to have had the privilege of knowing him.”
Major Shimminger joined Miami-Dade Police as a police officer in 1986 and rose through the ranks as sergeant, lieutenant and captain before obtaining the rank of major. After retiring from the County in 2012, Major Shimmering became Captain of Internal Affairs for the Miami Beach Police Department, where he served until his death at the age of 55 on April 6, 2013.
To coincide with the street-naming ceremony, Columbus High will unveil a brick paver bearing Shimminger’s name on the school’s Walk of Champions. Shimminger was a star baseball player at Columbus, where he graduated in 1975.