Nearly a year and a half after Phoenix police officer David Glasser was shot and killed by an armed robbery suspect, family and friends gathered for a groundbreaking celebration for the David Glasser Athletic Complex in Laveen.

Holding back tears, Glasser’s wife Kristen shared how much their children remind her of their dad.

“Micah is a mini-Dave when it comes to sports,” she said. “He had dreams of her playing softball and volleyball.”

And now sports will be one of Glasser’s lasting legacies in the community.

“It just means a lot to us and for it to be a sports field and facility is just perfect, because obviously he loved sports,” his wife said.

Friday, the community came together to break ground for the David Glasser Athletic Complex, which will sit on the site of the old Laveen School.

Glasser was killed in the line of duty in 2016 while responding to a burglary call in Laveen. Glasser wasn’t only a police officer, he was also a dedicated community member.

“He was very passionate about that,” she said.

Kristen says her husband was an example of how to spread love, have fun and enjoy life.

“When people use this field, I hope that’s what they get out of it,” she said. “I would do anything to have David back, but I understand that there’s a bigger picture and what I can do with the situation for positive things for this community … that’s what I want to do with it.”

The completed complex will feature a new football and soccer field and two renovated baseball fields, serving the various youth ball leagues of Laveen.

“To be able to still make a difference just in little bit different way -- it means a lot to me,” she added. “It’s what he loved to do and where he would be if he were here.”

She says he may not be here physically, but his spirit is.

“He’s watching today and he’s very proud and honored to have this,” she said.

Everyone will be back out at the David Glasser Athletic Complex this spring, when it’s set to be complete. Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams says she’ll be there, along with everyone else, hopefully wearing shirts with Glasser’s name.