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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Sergeant Carl Patrick, found dead in his Pembroke Pines home a year ago, was honored Wednesday by his fellow officers, along with the Miami Police Officer’s mother.

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“I just want to thank each and every one of you, my son was a blessing, I left a legacy here,” Lucille Patrick, Carl Patrick’s mother said.

Marking one year after his death, the City of Miami Police Department’s North District Station unveiled a commemorative plaque in his honor.

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“Today we honor that life of service and the example he said for all of us to follow. He made an impact on his coworkers and today we honor that,” Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes.

On May 9, 2014, Officer Patrick was found dead in his home. His girlfriend, Tiniko Thompson, is currently awaiting trial for murder. Thompson had been trying to get the case thrown out by claiming self-defense.

“Everyone asks me can you forgive her,” Lucille Patrick said, “I will because my Lord says on the cross ‘forgive them for they not know what they do’ so I’ll forgive her but she should be punished for what she done wrong to my son.”

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Lucille Patrick said Wednesday, “it touched my heart to see how much this department loved my son…it touches my heart.”