Let us pause to remember our fallen hero Officer Kilonzo M. Masembwa, lost this day in 2000 while responding to a breaking and entering.
Officer Masembwa was born on December 4, 1974, in Washington, D.C. He attended St. Jerome's Elementary School and Archbishop John Carroll High School. He then attended Bowie State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communications in 1995. He joined the Prince George's County Police Department in December 1999 as a member of Session 93. Upon completion of his academy training in June 2000, Officer Masembwa was assigned to District I.
On the morning of November 10, 2000, Officer Masembwa was dispatched to a possible breaking and entering in progress at Langley Park - McCormick Elementary School. As he drove to the scene, he lost control of his cruiser on the wet pavement on New Hampshire Avenue in Takoma Park. The cruiser left the roadway and struck a utility pole. He died of his injuries.
Officer Masembwa served the Prince George's County Police Department for one year and was the 22nd member of this agency to make the ultimate sacrifice. He was the 39th law enforcement officer to give his life in the line of duty within Prince George's County.
At the time of his death, Officer Masembwa was 26 years old and survived by his parents.