On Sunday, Sept. 16 2012, exactly one year after he was killed in the line of duty, the New Castle County Department of Public Safety hosted a ceremony in honor of Lt. Joseph L. Szczerba.
The New Castle County Police Academy, where Szczerba spent much of his time training new officers, was renamed the Lt. Joseph L. Szczerba Police Academy.
The Police Academy is located at 201 Kimberton Drive in Newark, and inscribes Szczerba's name on the outside of the building in large black bold letters.
New Castle County Executive Paul G. Clark, Colonel W. Scott McLaren, Councilman William Bell, FOP President Corporal Michael Zielinski and Mrs. Kathy Szczerba spoke at the ceremony, surrounded by New Castle County Police officers, family and friends of Lt. Szczerba.
"We all suffered that year," Paul Clark stated. "It reminds us of the dedication of a public servant."
Senator Chris Coons stated that dedicating the Police Academy to Szczerba was the perfect honor. "This is the perfect place to inscribe his name…it is no question whether this man's life made a difference."
Szczerba's wife, Kathy, closed the ceremony, with an inspirational speech. She thanked the County for making the dedication about how he lived his life, and not about how he was killed.
"Live now; live your passion every day. Don't wait for joy," she said.