Alex was born in Miami, Florida on January 26,1977. He attended Winston Park Elementary in Miami and McMillian Middle School in Kendall. Alex was an outstanding student, liked by teachers and classmates. He was involved in sports and at the age of 6 started playing T-ball for the West Kendall Optimist Club. He continued playing softball throughout his high school years playing outfield and catcher. Alex and his family attended University Baptist Church, where he went to summer camp and found the Lord at a young age.
He graduated from the first full graduating class at the MAST Academy, a Miami-Dade County Public Magnet School in Key Biscayne, Florida. At the MAST Academy, Alex participated in many community events including the JROTC Color Guard.
Alex and his family moved to Pembroke Pines, Florida, in 1993. He continued the MAST Academy and graduated in 1995. Alex was a good student, remembered by his friends as always doing the right thing.
Alex joined the Hollywood Police Department as a part-time Community Service Aide in February of 1996, and became a Police Officer in April 1999. Officer Del Rio (badge #2513) held positions in Patrol, Special Operations Motors (the Police Motorcycle unit) and Special Operations DUI/Traffic Homicide. He was highly trained in the areas of traffic enforcement, impaired driving, traffic homicide investigations and police motorcycle operations. Officer Del Rio received several awards during his career and was selected as the Hollywood Police Department’s “Officer of the Month” in October of 2003 and a finalist for the 2003 “Officer of the Year”. Officer Del Rio received over two-dozen Supervisor’s Commendations and letters of appreciation from our citizens, who repeatedly cited Alex for his professionalism, courtesy, politeness, efficiency and compassion.
Alex was a huge component of the Special Operations Motors and DUI Units’ success including awards and recognition from organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose” and the IACPA Chiefs’ Challenge.
Alex enjoyed competing in the State of Florida Law Enforcement “Police Olympics”, where he was a member of the co-ed softball team winning a silver medal in 2008. He also competed in men’s beach volleyball. Alex enjoyed living a healthy lifestyle of physical fitness and weight training. He was nicknamed “Buff Baby” by some of his peers in the Department, because of his youthful energy and excellent physical conditioning.
Officer Alex Del Rio leaves a legacy of honor, commitment and passion for public service. He will never be forgotten.
“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know, the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” — Albert Schweitzer