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11-27-08, 09:16 PM #1
Hollywood Florida cop killed in crash
Hollywood police officer killed in patrol car crash
Sofia Santana | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
11:43 PM EST, November 22, 2008
Memorial at the site where a Hollywood police officer was killed in a fiery accident on Saturday night, Nov. 22. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel / November 23, 2008)
HOLLYWOOD - A Hollywood police officer driving a patrol car was killed in a fiery wreck Saturday night, Police Chief Chadwick E. Wagner confirmed.
The officer's name was not released, pending notification of family.
The crash happened in the 7000 block of Sheridan Street just before 9 p.m. The patrol car was involved in some sort of crash, and then struck a tree, Wagner said. The car then erupted in flames, and despite the efforts of two officers, the patrolman, who was alone in the car, could not be freed before he died. There were no other injuries, police said.
Police blocked off much of the area and said they were interviewing one taxi driver who may have been involved in the collision as well as several other witnesses. Officials would not give further details of the crash, and would not say if they were considering charges.
Hollywood police officer killed in patrol car crash Photo
Officer Alex Del Rio Photo
South Florida Crime & Safety Wagner said the officer was a nine-year veteran of the department who was "extremely liked. ... He was very energetic, always positive."
The officer on Saturday night was assigned to work traffic enforcement, focusing on red-light runners and speeders. His last communication with the city dispatch center was at 8:40 p.m. when he reported that he had just completed a traffic stop in the 7800 block of Sheridan Street. Two minutes later, police received several 911 calls reporting the crash.
Wagner said he did not know, off the top of his head, the make and model of the patrol car, but added it was "extremely damaged."
funeral was yesterday (wednesday)V
11-27-08, 09:19 PM #2
Rest in peace.
11-27-08, 09:46 PM #3
Rest in Peace....Arm the sheep!
11-27-08, 10:15 PM #4
Rest in Peace, my condolences to his family and friends.
11-28-08, 05:57 AM #5
RIP in my fellow Florida LEO.Never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way" ~Martin Luther King, Jr
11-28-08, 07:49 AM #6
Rest in Peace our brother, we will continue the fight.Swamp Mafia
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11-28-08, 08:39 AM #7
11-28-08, 11:05 PM #8
My condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the fallen.
Police Officer Alex Del Rio
Hollywood Police Department
End of Watch: Saturday, November 22, 2008
Tour of Duty: 9 years
Badge Number: 2513
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Saturday, November 22, 2008
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Police Officer Alex Del Rio was killed in an automobile accident while attempting to stop a speeding motorist.
Officer Del Rio observed a motorist speeding eastbound on Sheridan Street. Officer Del Rio followed the car, and then had to take evasive action to avoid hitting a taxi cab. Officer Del Rio lost control of the cruiser and crashed into the tree in the median. The vehicle immediately was engulfed in flames and Officer Del Rio died from his injuries.
Officer Del Rio had served with the Hollywood Police Department for nine years.
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11-28-08, 11:40 PM #9
Rest in Peace, my brother.Romans 8:28-31
"Anima Sana In Corpore Sano"
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11-29-08, 11:43 AM #10
I'm friends with some officers that knew of Alex, and are planning on attending the funeral Wednesday. I didn't know him, but it saddens me to hear of a man like Alex taken away from us so early. He led his life with integrity, and was true to himself. From what I have learned about Alex, there are some parallels between experiences of his career and mine. I Hope I can use his example as a template to continue leading my career and life as he did. R.I.P. my brother.CHIRP! CHIRP!
11-30-08, 02:45 PM #11
Thank you for your service to your community, state and our country.
We'll take it from here."What we do is inherently dangerous"
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12-01-08, 09:55 PM #12
RIPCalm Like A Bomb...
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01-05-09, 11:18 PM #13
Day Is Done
Gone The Sun
From The Hills, From The Lake , From The Sky
All Is Well , Safely Rest ;
GOD Is Nigh
Rest in peace Ofc. Del Rio. Comfort to family and friends.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
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