Police Officer Alfred L. Gordon, Sr.

Police Officer Alfred L. Gordon, Sr.

Orlando Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, October 4, 2007

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Alfred L. Gordon, Sr.

Police Officer Alfred Gordon was shot and killed while attempting to take police action during robbery attempt while off duty.

He had gone to an ATM at the intersection of Silver Star Road and North Hiawassee Road, in Orange County, at approximately 1:00 am. As he returned to his car he was approached by two juveniles armed with a handgun.

Officer Gordon drew his off duty weapon but was shot twice before being able to fire. He was found in his car with his gun on his lap a short time later by an off duty Orange County Sheriff's Office deputy. His department identification was found on the ground nearby.

Two juveniles were arrested two days later and charged in connection with Officer Gordon's murder. One of the juveniles had been released from custody only weeks earlier after serving several years for an armed robbery. Both juveniles were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison August 9th, 2009.

Officer Gordon was a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served as an MP for 11 years. While in the Army he was awarded two Army Commendation Medals and one Army Achievement Medal. He had served with the Orlando Police Department for 18-1/2 years and was assigned to the Orlando International Airport. He is survived by his son and two daughters.

Bio

  • Age 52
  • Tour 29 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

off duty, robbery

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Al, to this day I am thankful for the time we got to talk at work, share our common likes for food and the days of old. I thank you for conversations that were meant for us to learn and expand our wisdom. I remember when I left the airport and you and the squad wanted to get me a gift. It was you that wanted to present me with a Harley gift card. It was generous and I was able to get a new comfortable seat and back rest for long trips. It was so nice to ride.

I returned from my first long trip with that seat and could not wait to get to to work to send you a note to say thank you. It meant that much to me. It would be two days before I was back at work. I guess two days too long. I got the call from Tom V. who told me what had happened. I am not sure if I have ever been more saddened from anything like that in this job. The joy I was waiting to share was taken, just as your were. My mind went to Beverly and all the plans you had made. The cruise you had coming up that had me excited for you both. Plans forever altered by the evil we never seem to be able to stop.

I was later selected to go to motors and one of the first major details I had, was to travel to DC for police week. The greatest honor I had was to assist in the escorting of Beverly and your family from the airport to the hotel where the families of the fallen gathered. It was a cold and wet day, but one that meant so much to me. Each time I still ride on that seat, and I still do, I think of you. I tell everyone the story of how Al helped me get that seat. Each time I think of okra, corn and tomato soup, I think about how I shared the recipe with you and we shared our fond memories tied to our beloved Southern cuisine. You were always sharp in your uniform. You were so professional when you were here to assist with fallen soldiers returning home to their families as an Airport Honor Guard. Your photo still hangs here from one of those ceremonies.

You are missed!

A Fading Brother
OPD

October 4, 2019

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