Florida law enforcement officer dies weeks after ‘catastrophic’ accident

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Special Agent Jose Perez, a decorated law enforcement veteran, died Saturday after being hospitalized in a “catastrophic” accident in early August.

In the early hours of August 3, Perez, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement officer since August 2021, was struck by another driver while responding to a building alarm.


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Since the crash, he was being treated at Kendall Regional Hospital in critical condition until his death. Blood drives were held at the Miami Police Department and the FDLE’s Miami Operations Center in hopes of his recovery.

“Jose, you were admired by everyone as a mentor and a friend,” said Troy Walker, FDLE Miami Special Agent in Charge. “Your brave heart, infectious smile and incredible generosity will be forever missed. Your watch is over, but your inspiration and positive influence on our Miami-Dade and FDLE community still remains. We love you Jose.

Perez is the second officer this week to die from injuries sustained while on duty. Miami-Dade Police Officer Cesar Echaverry died Wednesday after being on life support for two days following a shooting with a suspected robber.

Perez has devoted much of his life to public service, serving in both the military and law enforcement. For 21 years, he served in the US Marine Corps, US Navy and US Army, on active duty and in reserve.

During these years of service, he received numerous awards and medals, including the Army Commendation Medal, a Navy Achievement Medal, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, an Armed Forces Reserve Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, a Humanitarian Service Medal and Letters of Commendation and Appreciation, FDLE said.

For more than three decades, Perez served in law enforcement. He rose through the ranks of the Miami Police Department and after 26 years of service, he retired in 2018 as a major.

Perez was no stranger to praise, awards and appreciation from the Miami police. He has received over 100 letters of congratulations, the Legion of Merit, the Golf Lifesaving Medal and other accolades.

He continued his service work until retirement donning many hats in South Florida agencies: Acting Chief of Police for the Village of El Portal Police Department, Investigator for the Office of Inspector General of the Florida Department of Corrections, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. and a Florida Department of Health medical malpractice investigator.

“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of Constable Perez, who spent his entire life serving other members of the United States Armed Forces for more than 30 years in law enforcement,” said the FDLE acting commissioner, Mark Glass. “Our country, our state, our community and FDLE are better because of his dedication. Rest in peace, our brave hero. You will never be forgotten.”

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