Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Alex Del Rio

Hollywood Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, November 22, 2008

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Reflections for Police Officer Alex Del Rio




November 25, 2008

I had the privilege of working with you about a month ago. You did a DUI/DWI that was on the border of our cities. After finding out it was on our turf you still went ahead and did the DUI anyways for us. My contact with you was minimal yet your passing has made a huge impact. You were able to show what type of person you were in a matter of minutes. I am a better person for having met you. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at home and your family at Hollywood PD. Everyone truly lost a Brother. Rest easy knowing you did your very best while you were here brother. Now watch over us as we continue to patrol these streets. REST IN PEACE ALEX.

Fort Lauderdale Polce Dept.

November 25, 2008

To Alex's friends and Family,
In times of great lose such as this, let us come together and comfort one another. Let us brush away the tears, think not of the great lose, but remember all the good times we had with Alex. He always made us laugh and with him we always felt safe. So now as tons of memories about Alex flood our hearts lets us not cry, but let us thank our Lord and Savior for all the wonderful times we shared with Alex before he was called home.

To all of Alex's Friends and Family in Blue,
As we think of Alex and how much he loved being a Cop, our hearts ache as we wonder why Alex? To the First Responders on scene who tried so hard to get Alex out of his burning Cruiser, you can feel comfort knowing you did everything you could for Alex. Feel comfort knowing that though Alex did not make it out of his Cruiser alive, he died doing what he loved, in the car he loved, but most of all he died knowing that you were all out there trying to save him, he died in the comfort that his Brothers and Sisters in Blue were there doing everything in their power to try and save him.
To the rest of us, we think of Alex and remember why we cared for him so much. We remember that even after 9 years of service to the residents of Hollywood, Florida and Broward County Alex never lost his excitement for the job. Every day Alex came to work with the same excitement he did as a Rookie, except he now had a decade of experience, experience that he shared and passed on to every officer that came after him. He patrolled the streets of Hollywood not only because he swore to as a cop, but because this was where he lived, this was his home, this was his City.
Yet now the laughter is gone, the Police Officer with a decade of experience under his belt has been called home. Alex is on his journey home to his maker. He will now walk the safe and quiet roads of Heaven, where he will live until we all meet again.
Though Alex has been called home, don't let him die in our hearts and minds. Remember Alex will live on in us and in everything we do. Many of you taught Alex things he used to be a great PO and he passed that on to others. So remember keep Alex alive in our hearts and he will always live on.

Yours In Christ,

Rev. Tony Ramos D.D.
Former Chaplain. with NYC-EMS

The following is "An Officers Final Call"

A Police Officers Final Call:
A Police Officer stood and faced his/her God, which must always come to pass. He/she hoped his/her shoes were shining, just as brightly as his/her brass. Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To my church have you always been true?
The Police Officer squared his/her shoulders and said, "No my Lord, I guess I haven't. " Because those of us who must carry guns, Can't always be saints". "I've had to work most Sundays, and at times had to talk tough". "Sometimes I had to get violent because the world is awfully rough". "But, I never took a penny that wasn't mine…". "I worked a lot of overtime when the bills just got too steep". "I never passed a cry for help, even though at times I shook with fear". "Sometimes God, please forgive me, but I cried unmanly tears". "I don't know if I deserve a place among the people here, because on earth they really never wanted me around, except to calm their fears and to protect them from harm which I always did without regard for my own safety". "But If you do have a place for me here Lord, It needn't be so grand". "I have never expected or never had much". "But if you don't Lord, I'll understand". There was silence around him/her and all around the throne where the Saints had often trod. The Officer waited quietly for the judgment of his/her God. "Step forward said God", "Officer take pride in that you have borne your burdens well", "You may now walk peacefully on heavens streets my Child", "Because you have done your time in Hell".

Rest in peace Police Officer Alex Del Rio

9y Vet, Hollywood, Fla. Broward County

Rev. Tony Ramos
Coconut Creek, Broward County Florida

November 25, 2008

"Death Leaves A Heartache No One Can Heal, Love Leaves A Memory No One Can Steal."

To the family and friends of Officer Del Rio, I offer these words of condolence. As the weight of your grief diminishes may the memories of happier times sustain you.

Ms. Tashiki M. Coben, Dispatcher
Redstone Arsenal, Redstone, Alabama

November 25, 2008



November 24, 2008

Rest in peace Officer Del Rio...

Genesee County, Michigan

November 24, 2008

Rest in peace brother. May God watch over and comfort you, your family and coworkers.

Supervisory Border Patrol Agent J. Cumbo
U.S. Border Patrol

November 24, 2008

So sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all his family, friends and co-workders.


November 24, 2008

May our thoughts prayers go out to the members of the Hollywood Police Department during this most difficult time.

Ofc. G. Jansen & FF J. Padelford-Jansen
Davie P.D. & Miami Fire Rescue

November 24, 2008

God bless you, brother. You and your family are in my heart and prayers.

Captain Gary Graham (RET)
Denver Police Department

November 24, 2008


My friend. I have not seen you since high school. Although we haven’t seen each other since then, I have never forgotten how great a friend you have been and what a wonderful person you are. Over the years I have thought about you and wondered how you were doing. I wish I had made more of an effort to reconnect with you. I heard about the accident yesterday, but did not know it was you. This morning my wife turned on the TV while I lay in bed half asleep. I could hear the TV in the distance while I fell in and out of sleep for an hour or so. I continued in the same state as your story came on. When I heard your name I awoke as if there was a crash of thunder in the night. My heart sank and I was devastated. I instantly remembered all the childhood memories we shared.

Today was a day of reflection and remembrance of how much you meant to me as a friend, even if our friendship has been separated by so many years. I remember growing up playing baseball, riding bike to school, and just hanging out. You were one of my best friends then and I wished we had stayed in touch because I am certain we would have been great friends today. It brings me great joy to hear and read all the wonderful things about you and it reminds me exactly of how you were. I’ve seen your picture throughout the day and I have been overcome with this feeling of just wanting to hug you my dear friend.

Thank you for being a wonderful person and great friend. May you rest in peace and may God save your soul.

Your Friend

Steven Varela

Steven Varela

November 24, 2008

Rest in peace brother.

Sergeant Fred Meyers
City of North Port Police Department, FL

November 24, 2008

We just won't be the same without you. You are truly a wonderful person and an incredible friend. I can't imagine not having you at the Law Games with us. You will be missed more than you could imagine. I assure you, you will always be part of our team. Thanks for all the good times.

Sgt. Karen Zorsky

November 24, 2008

Officer Del Rio,
Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. You and your family are in our prayers. Rest Easy Brother!

Dep. Paul Sperandeo, Ofc. Amy Sperandeo
Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office, Gretna Police Dept, La

November 24, 2008

RIP bro


November 24, 2008

I am so, so sorry to hear of this terrible accident. God bless the family


November 24, 2008

Officer Del Rio Rest in Peace.

C.O.Stephen D. Celestino
Westchester County Dept. of Correction, NY

November 24, 2008

My heart goes out to his family. I knew Alex when lived in Kendall. He was so special and so loved by his family. I just wish I could have known what great man he became. He was a great soul and he will be missed. Rest In Peace Little Alex!

Jennifer Brito
Childhood Friend

November 24, 2008

Alex, I remember sitting in the academy listening to Lockhart give us the stats on how many of us will be out of police work, divorced, arrested, dead, etc., in ten years. You should not have been one of those stats. I guess what they say is true, "the good die young". I know you're in a better place and that gives me peace. Please watch over those of us that continue to work the streets of hell. God bless you and remember, "193, United Are We".

Officer Ed Ryan
Plantation PD/Friend

November 24, 2008

My heart and prayers go out to the friends, family and fellow officers of Officer Del Rio.

Officer Del Rio, thank you for your ultimate sacrifice, watch over your brothers and sisters. God Bless you, brother.

Forensic Technician Heather Waldman

November 24, 2008

There should be more people in this world like you Alex, we have lost a great friend and an extraordinary member of the community and police force! I will never forget your warm and fun personality. Thank you for the fun times and for being a part of my life! I'll miss you! Please watch over us from your seat in heaven....our "Angel in Blue!"

Officer Jessica Ryan
Plantion PD/Friend

November 24, 2008

Dear Officer Del Rio,
Heaven has gained another angel and another warrior for truth and justice. Walk the beat on heaven's streets with the heroes who have gone before you. Your brothers and sisters in blue on Earth will take it from here.
"In Valor There is Hope"...heroes like you will live in our hearts forever.

LEO Wife and Mom

November 24, 2008

I praise God for this officer's time and service and I pray for the peace to cover the family. In Jesus name. Amen

Lt Gary Langston
Choctaw Nation Tribal Police

November 24, 2008

Wow, I still can't believe it. The last conversation, we had was joking about protecting the Donuts and the Hot dogs at 7/11 on Sheridan and 64. You will truly be miss, may god bless you and your family.

Thank you for your dedication and professionalism you always displayed.

My condolences goes out to the family & The Hollywood Police Department.

Officer J Campos #0213
Seminole Police Department (Hollywood Reservation)

November 24, 2008

My heart goes out to the family, friends and the Hollywood PD with your tragic loss. I know your grief is consuming and you will have tough days ahead but it will get better. Remeber we are thinking of you & your family and appreciate the huge sacrifice you have made.

God Bless,
Jackie Croft daughter of
Det Sandra Bullock (EOW 8-5-08)

Jackie Croft
Bushnell PD - family

November 24, 2008

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