Floridians Say Their Goodbyes to Special Agent Jose Perez

Last Tuesday, FDLE Special Agent Jose Perez passed away, 17 days after he was hit by another driver in a catastrophic vehicle crash while responding to a building alarm.  Agent Perez was a special agent at FDLE’s Miami Regional Operations Center (MROC).

Javier Sandoval, who allegedly had alcohol and cocaine in his system when he struck Special Agent Perez with his vehicle, was later arrested and hit with several charges, including DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.

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First Lady to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Casey DeSantis, offered her comments on Special Agent Jose Perez’s passing as his funeral was set to occur yesterday.

“The tragic loss of FDLE Special Agent Jose Perez, who died in the line of duty. With over 20 years in the U.S. armed forces & more than 30 years in law enforcement, he lived a valiant life serving our nation & state.”

DeSantis is reportedly attending Special Agent Perez’s funeral, canceling a fundraiser he was supposed to participate in for New York Gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin, R-NY.

According to the New York Post, conservative commentator Dan Bongino filled in for DeSantis.

DeSantis offered his thoughts on Perez’s passing on Twitter on August 21st, saying that Perez “spent his life serving others”

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody reportedly attended Special Agent Perez’s funeral, posting a picture of the procession on Twitter on Monday.

Moody said that Perez “dedicated his life to serving others” and that he would “always be remembered.”

The Orlando police department sent their honor guard to Miami to pay their respects to Special Agent Perez, saying they were there to “honor their fallen brother.”

Senator Marco Rubio’s spokesperson said that Rubio and his wife ‘extended their condolences’ to Special Agent Perez. Rubio’s spokesperson noted that Perez was “a veteran & dedicated member of law enforcement who served his nation & community honorably.”

It is not clear if Senator Rubio was able to attend Special Agent Perez’s funeral.

Retired El Portal Police Chief David Magnusson, who worked with Perez when he was a part of the Miami Police Department, said that Perez’s passing hurt law enforcement across South Florida.

“With law enforcement being a large family, it’s affecting just a whole group of this — what I call this calling. I don’t even call it a career — it’s a calling. And there’s a lot of people hurt,” Magnusson said.

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Rest in peace FDLE Special Agent Jose Perez


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