VALLEJO -- Signs have gone up in North Vallejo naming a stretch of freeway in honor of slain police Officer Jim Capoot.
The state Legislature approved in September the renaming of Highway 37 between Interstate 80 and Sonoma Boulevard as the "Vallejo Police Officer James Capoot Memorial Highway."
What followed was months of fundraising as the Vallejo Police Department, service organizations and businesses sought to secure the $6,000 necessary to create and install the two signs.
The Vallejo Police Department announced the completion of the project in a news release Thursday night.
"While these signs will not bring back an American hero, they still stand to remind all that pass them that a great man gave his life without hesitation to Vallejo, and his courage and sacrifice will not be forgotten," Vallejo police Lt. Jim O'Connell said in the statement.
A construction company helped with some of the costs of the signs, so the leftover money from the $6,000 will be applied to support the K-9 program or other units typically boosted by public donations, O'Connell added.
The resolution that named the freeway after Capoot was sponsored by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, who represents Vallejo.
The renamed portion of the freeway abuts the Country Club Crest neighborhood where, on Nov. 17, 2011, Capoot, 45, was shot and killed after a high-speed car and foot pursuit of a suspect in the robbery of a Bank of America branch.
His accused killer, Henry Albert Smith Jr., 37, of Fairfield, was arrested shortly after the shooting in a backyard.
Smith still faces trial, which is set for August.
A former Marine, Capoot served on the Vallejo police force since 1992 and was well known for his community involvement.
Notably, Capoot served for years as the Vallejo High School girls basketball coach.
Capoot's public memorial service was held at Corbus Field on a day that Vallejo High School's passing bells were silenced in his honor.
He was the fourth Vallejo police officer killed in the line of duty and the first since Jeff Azuar was killed on April 12, 2000.
Capoot is survived by his wife Jennifer and daughters Jamie, Jillian and Justine.
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