Highway sign erected honoring Calexico teacher

Assembly members Brian Jones and V. Manuel Perez introduced the legislation passed last year to name a portion of the highway between post-miles R27.30 and R28.46 in San Diego County the Jimmy A. Arevalo Memorial Highway in honor of his well-known service to others.

Dool Elementary Principal Liliana Dimian was traveling back from San Diego recently when she saw the highway sign honoring Jimmy Arevalo, a much-loved Calexico teacher who was fatally struck in a 2012 traffic accident. 

“I think it’s wonderful. It’s quite a tribute to the man he was, always helping and always eager to help. It’s nice to see he’s remembered,” she said. “To see his name there, it’s really brought back memories. For me, it was an emotional moment to see it.”

Arevalo was returning from visiting his son in college on June 11, 2012 when he stopped to help another driver, Angela August, 25, whose car had rolled near Alpine.

El Cajon resident Sunny Hall was driving east on the highway when she fatally hit both Arevalo and August.

She has since pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in exchange for a reduced sentence of nine years, and sentencing has been continued to March 3 in a San Diego court.

“The sign represents not only the act of a Good Samaritan, but it also represents the hundreds of Imperial Valley residents that commute everyday to San Diego and contribute to their economy with kids in college, shopping, health care, and entertainment,” said Silvia Arevalo, his wife of 30 years. “One of us stopped to help an Alpine resident. His sign represents the good people from the Imperial Valley. One of them was Jimmy.”

Assembly members Brian Jones and V. Manuel Perez introduced the legislation passed last year to name a portion of the highway between post-miles R27.30 and R28.46 in San Diego County the Jimmy A. Arevalo Memorial Highway in honor of his well-known service to others.

Both assembly members are hosting a highway dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. on March 22 with the location still to be determined.

Arevalo taught at Dool for 34 years as well as at Imperial Valley College and served in the U.S. Army. While he is also survived by his three children, Lupita, Roberto, and Bernardo, he touched generations of Valley children with his enthusiastic, fun, hands-on teaching style.

“All the memories come back every time I see the sign,” Dimian added. “The fact that he’s given so much to the district and Dool School and died the way he did, trying to help someone else. It’s kind of bittersweet with a sadness in it but also the memory of the fact that all of us wish we died the way we lived … he would never hesitate to help somebody. That was Jimmy.”

http://www.ivpressonline.com/news/local/highway-sign-erected-honoring-calexico-teacher/article_1957956e-953e-11e3-9e57-0017a43b2370.html

Contribute Endorse Brian Register to Vote