Patrolman Jose Antonio Diaz

Patrolman Jose Antonio Diaz

Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, October 8, 2005

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Jose Antonio Diaz

Patrolman Jose Diaz was killed after falling from a highway overpass, on I-95 near the interchange with I-595, while assisting other officers perform a felony traffic stop of a suspected police impersonator.

Because of the darkness, the area between the two highways appeared to have a solid surface. Patrolman Diaz attempted to take cover on the other side of the overpass barrier and jumped over it. He fell and landed on the ground, approximately 110-feet below. He was transported to Broward General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

The driver of the vehicle that had been pulled over was a private investigator and, upon investigation, was determined to have not committed any crime.

Patrolman Diaz had served with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department for 2-1/2 years and had previously served with the New York City Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 16 years, 6 months
  • Badge 343

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall

felony stop

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Hey there Daddio! It's been some time since I come on here. Jaidyn always says, " I love my abuelo," and is always asking about you, so I tell her all the great stories about you. I also came on here because I have some awesome news and hope you're proud of me and that I'll continue making you proud. I finally did it dad!!! I start the police academy in October a few days before your anniversary. It took some time for "ME" to be completely ready physically, mentally and emotionally. I did it on my own which makes it that much more rewarding. Lengthy process but Im 100% positive I've made the right decision with an amazing department. I'll continue to hold you deep in my heart and soul. Love you always and forever... Class of 126 here I come. It's finally my turn to say this to you daddio... I GOT THIS KID!!!

Jose Diaz Jr

August 27, 2022

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