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EDINBURG - Coming together as a community can be a powerful thing and powerful it was with the City of Edinburg and Hidalgo County, Wednesday, Oct. 30. Local and state law enforcement agencies along with the city and county honored late hero, Trooper Moises Sanchez with a street name dedication.

Sanchez was injured on April 6 when responding to a hit-and-run vehicle crash on N 10th Street and W Freddy Gonzalez Drive where he’d sustain gunshot wounds. He was admitted to DHR that evening to treat his wounds and was later transferred to TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston to further his recovery undergoing multiple surgeries. Sanchez shortly passed away Aug. 24 at 49-years-old from surgery complications.

“People from all walks of life, all types of careers, variations of organizations, family and friends...brought full circle [the street name dedication] that many people had a hand in making possible,” said Ellie Torres, Hidalgo Precinct 4 Commissioner.

It was unanimous that the City of Edinburg and Hidalgo County Precinct 4 among local and state entities like TXDOT and former Hidalgo Metropolitan Planning (MPO), was able to dedicate a portion of 10th Street to Trooper Moises Sanchez and family his very own street name - Trooper Moises Sanchez Boulevard.

The street name dedication served as a reminder to his bravery made when serving and protecting the city.

“Someone asked me ‘how do you spell Moises Sanchez’s name?’ I said I spell his name H-E-R-O,” said Robert Coronado, Infinite Life Church pastor who lead the opening ceremony in prayer.

Although his passing leaves a hole in the hearts of his remaining family: Yvonne, Zachary, Zebastian and Zoey, the community never failed to show their support.

“I noticed that among every single conversation I’ve had, one of the biggest things that I’ve never failed to forget was the community,” said Zachary Sanchez, Trooper Sanchez’s son. “No matter how many times I spoke of my father, one thing that was always highlighted was the immense amount of support I can’t forget,” he said noticing the entire city, county and state coming together.

“While it doesn’t fix the ultimate hole that’s left in our hearts, it is an amazing start to recovery - to begin this healing process that we have already begun,” he said.

The Sanchez family received a special resolution followed by the unveiling of the street sign and a motorcade to honor the fallen hero.

A united city, county and state in remembrance that Wednesday will forever know the meaning behind that sign and the man whose name that spells H-E-R-O on it.