Orange County leaders dedicated Brandon Coates Drive in Avalon Park Wednesday to honor the fallen deputy, shot and killed during a traffic stop in December 2010.

Coates' widow Virginia Coates, his mom and Orange County officials--including Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Sheriff Jerry Demings--helped dedicate the street, which is located near a townhome development off Avalon Park Boulevard.

"As we look up and see the sign that reads Brandon Coates Drive, Brandon is looking down on us knowing that not only has he touched so many in his short life. He will continue to inspire and touch so many," said Virginia Coates.

Brandon Coates was murdered by an ex-convict who wanted to avoid jail time, according to deputies. The man pulled out a gun and shot Coates after he pulled the man over because his car looked suspicious.

The killing prompted improved emergency communication in Orange County because Coates was communicating on a radio channel not monitored by dispatchers. He may have had backup had other deputies and dispatchers known where he was and what he was doing.

Sheriff Demings says today, all deputies communicate on monitored channels, which helps to keep deputies safe.