Police at its Finest: Alejandro “Alex” Valadez R.I.P.

Police officers fill in for slain colleague at child’s kindergarten graduation

Alejandro “Alex” Valadez Jr. never got to meet his father, so more than 20 Chicago police officers filled in to help celebrate the boy’s kindergarten graduation Friday.

Officer Alejandro “Alex” Valadez, was killed in the line of duty in 2009 when he and his partner were investigating a report of shots fired in West Englewood. The convicted gunman was sentenced to 125 years in prison in 2011. Valadez died three months before his son was born.

Sometimes you have to make the ultimate sacrifice,” Johnson said. “Alex Sr. did that. … He was part of the CPD family then, he’s a part of the CPD family now, you’re a part of the CPD family forever.”

After the graduation ceremony, the children were greeted by the officers, police horses and dogs, a group of firefighters and two firetrucks with their ladders raised outside the church.

“That’s what they do when they honor someone who died,” one mother explained to her child quietly.

The boy completed a second rite of passage that morning. In a corner of the parking lot behind a police van, Valadez’s family surrounded him as a handful of officers unveiled a brand new bike.

There are three kinds of people in the world. There are wolves and there are sheep. And then there are those who protect the sheep from the wolves.

To the family and loved ones of Officer Valadez. May beautiful memories comfort you always.

My loyal friends: May the “Force” be with you.


Hat Tip to the Zipster

Rest in Peace

6 Responses to “Police at its Finest: Alejandro “Alex” Valadez R.I.P.”

  1. Adrienne says:

    These are the people who should be honored. Cute little boy.

  2. Comedy Plus says:

    There are three kinds of people in the world. There are wolves and there are sheep. And then there are those who protect the sheep from the wolves. This is spot on Angel. I was one of the ones that protected the sheep from the wolves.

    Have a fabulous day my friend. Big hugs. ♥♥♥

  3. -FJ says:

    Always wished that our thin blue line were a little thicker… this story kinda makes me believe that it is.

  4. cube says:

    What can the good people of the world do to keep this evil from happening over and over again?

  5. KaRlMMMMMMMMMM says:

    Thanks Angel for the sliver of goodness that remains within humanity..

  6. Jerry says:

    Very powerful images. I always had a special respect for law enforcement, as I grew up with a father who was a homicide detective in one of the most violent cities in America (Flint). Law enforcement is a special fraternity, as your story above well suggests.