Retired FDLE deputy leader Jose Perez dies of injuries sustained in the line of duty

MIAMI – Sunday afternoon there will be a full processional escort for Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Jose Perez, who succumbed to his injuries at Kendall Regional Hospital.

Retired deputy chief Jose Perez died on Sunday from an injury sustained Aug. 2 while serving as a special agent.

The motorcade will begin between 3 and 4 p.m. from Kendall Regional Hospital to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office.

FDLE will be joined by firefighters and numerous law enforcement agencies including the City of Miami Police Department, Miami-Dade Police Department, Capitol Police FDLE, Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released a statement outlining all of Perez’s accomplishments.

“SA Perez began his career with the FDLE in August 2021 and was assigned to the Organized Crime/Public Integrity Squad.

“Agent Perez’s career has been one of public service to the military and law enforcement. He faithfully served more than 21 years in the United States Armed Forces with the US Marine Corps, US Navy and the U.S. Army, in both the active and reserve components. Agent Perez has served in various command and direction assignments as a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer, U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer, and Staff Sgt. Marine Corps Artillery as NCO in Charge. After 9/11, he was assigned to the USS Nimitz, and deployed to the Persian Gulf for nine months.

“He received an Army Medal of Honor, Navy Medal of Honor, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal , National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Pistol and Rifle Ribbons and numerous letters of congratulations and appreciation.

“In his 30-plus year law enforcement career, Constable Perez served more than 26 years with the City of Miami Police Department, retiring in 2018 at the rank of Major. during his tenure in the city, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, City of Miami Officer of the Month, Gold Life Saving Medal, Silver Life Saving Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Unit Commendation, Unit Citation, Safe Driving Award, Pistol and Shotgun Ribbons and he received over 100 letters of congratulations.

“After retiring from the City of Miami Police Department, he continued his career in law enforcement working with a number of agencies, including the Department of Public Services Inspector General’s Office Florida Corrections as a sworn investigator, with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a sworn officer, as the Acting Police Chief of the El Portal Village Police Department, with the Department of Health of Florida as a Medical Malpractice Investigator, with the Attorney General’s Office as a Medical Fraud Investigator, and later as an FDLE Special Agent.

“During his career, he has also achieved many and varied certifications including Police General Subject Instructor, Police Firearms Instructor, Police Driving Instructor, Glock and Colt Armorer, Certified U.S. Customs Officer, FWC Certified, NOAA Certified, Certified Diver, Parachutist, Red Cross Certified Lifeguard, and Transportation Agent.”

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