A pair of lovebirds who are retired Florida police officers recently reminisced about their love story in celebration of Valentine’s Day.
Marco and Kim Velasquez met while working at the Miami-Dade Police Department in the late 1980s. In fact, their first meeting came while responding to the same call.
“I fell for his personality. He’s also really good-looking,” Kim told Fox 13 News.
“When I first saw her I said, ‘Ooh,’ and it just developed from there,” Marco said.
From then on, the two developed a friendship and their love grew until the big moment came: Marco proposed in April 1988 at the mall in front of a jewelry store, where he had bought the ring just moments before. The pair had a simple wedding with close friends and family two years later.
Kim explained one secret to their marital success is prioritizing communication. “One of the things we promised when we first got married is to never go to bed angry. If that meant staying up all night to iron out our differences, we did,” she said.
Given how dangerous their profession can be, the two knew they had to cherish the time they had with one another.
“We never left the house without saying, ‘I love you.’ Never ever. Because we see it every day, we are losing officers,” Kim said.
Kim and Marco taught their son the same lessons; he is now a deputy with the Citrus County Sheriff’s office.
The couple, who have retired from police work, continue to dedicate their life to serving others and each other.
“Marriage is work. Marriage is not one-sided. It’s supposed to be 50–50. And I think with us, it pretty much is,” Kim said.
“It actually should be 100% and 100%. We each have to give 100%,” Marco added.
Three decades later, the former police officers still feel the spark.
“We’re a good fit. She takes care of me,” Marco said.
“He’s just all-around perfect for me. He’s my rock. And he’s still good-looking,” Kim said.