Goodbye, Angel Calzadilla

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​Any reporter who ever covered cops in Miami knew Angel Calzadilla. And most of us liked the guy. A lot.

Now he's gone...after a long illness.

The hombre had patience. New Times called his boss, former Chief John Timoney, "America's Worst Cop." Then there was the indictment of former police chief Donald Warshaw after he became city manager.

Give me some time and I could probably name a dozen more scandals related to Miami's tough-as-nails but troubled police force. Fact of the matter is, though, I don't remember them now. What I do remember is Angel's calm voice and helpful demeanor. He understood the news and empathized with the people covering it. He was a consummate professional.

After the jump, you'll find the Miami PD press release on Angel. I salute the guy. And I will miss him.

It is with deep sadness and a profound sense of grief that the City of Miami Police Department announces the passing of one of our family members. Early this morning, Sergeant Angel Calzadilla succumbed to his illness and drifted into an eternal sleep. He was 48 years of age. Although Angel's stay here on earth seems just a fleeting moment in time, our loving memories of him as a husband, father, superb public servant, friend, and cop's cop will live in our hearts and minds forever.

During his 22 years of dedicated service to the Miami Police Department, Angel performed honorably as a patrol officer and sergeant, hostage negotiator, Public Information Officer, and Senior Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police. He made a difference in the lives of many who were fortunate enough to have met him.

Survived by his wife, daughter, parents, brother and a host of other family members, Angel will remain in the hearts of his brothers and sisters in law enforcement and a community who loved him as one of their own. He leaves an indelible void!

Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.

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16 comments
Lovekiki5
Lovekiki5

He was the best! Knew him & his wife in younger days. Loved them. He was hilarious. Just the best guy! Earth will miss you. God Bless You in heaven. You will be greatly rewarded for the great things you did. Our Father in Heaven was proud of you! God bless your family!!!Karen Thorburn

Confessor Gonzalez
Confessor Gonzalez

To know Angel was to love Angel. We all have lost a good friend and he will be missed. Angel had no equal, he understood the definition of diplomacy only too well and I believe his charisma and ability to communicate will never be matched. I for one will for ever miss him. Rest In Peace my brother

Maria Ogaza Padin
Maria Ogaza Padin

Cuanto lo siento!

Angel fue un buen amigo, siempre lo recordare.

Maria Ogaza Padin

Omar
Omar

Descansa en Paz amigo, de la comunidad, senti mucho escuchar la perdida de uno de nuestros heroes.

Eddie Rodriguez-Hialeah Police
Eddie Rodriguez-Hialeah Police

On behalf of the Hialeah Police Department, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Calzadilla family and to the City of Miami Police Department. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Angel Calzadilla. Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in his memory help comfort you tomorrow. He was a GREAT man, friend, husband, father and public servant. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.Eddie Rodriguez-Hialeah Police

elle
elle

My thoughts are with his family. Angel was an amazing person and an inspiration to us CF patients. Breathe easy Angel and enjoy your new wings in heaven

Flagirl49
Flagirl49

Deepest Symphathy to the Calzadilla Family, Angel was a great person an an Exemplary Officer he will be missed by all his survivng Family Members, his Co-Workers and by the general public. May God Grant everyone strenght to endure his brifly separation from us; he is resting now in his permanent mansion in Heaven. Rest In Peace Angel!

WD
WD

Words cannot explain the tremendous loss of our Angel. He light up everyones heart.

Tellkell
Tellkell

What a tremendous, tremendous loss. One of the greatest men I have had the honor of knowing.

Affable
Affable

Cystic fibrosis is a horrible disease

Abraham Quintero
Abraham Quintero

There could not have been a more perfect name for him, Angel. The most amazing, warm, caring, & charismatic men i have ever had the honor to meet. He was a friend and a father figure. My heart truly aches today.

Jlninsfl
Jlninsfl

One of the best man to walk this earth... I will miss you my friend

Frank
Frank

he was a great cop. a great spokesperson. an all-around very nice person. he has been taken from us too soon and will be missed by all who knew him.

Gpad5
Gpad5

Angel was a beautiful human being- a good soul. My deepest condolences to his family.

Sergio
Sergio

More than a police officer, he was a gentlemen's gentleman.

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