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The Orlando Police Department honors fallen officer Kevin Valencia

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A memorial service was held on Wednesday for Orlando Police Officer Kevin Valencia, who died last week from injuries sustained on duty in 2018.



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The service was held at First Baptist Orlando.

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Valencia’s coworkers, friends and family spoke about him during the service.

Outside the church, Valencia’s coffin was struck by a riderless horse and flanked in its coffin by his image and flowers.

Those who knew and loved Valencia never had enough words to describe it. They called him brave, stubborn, joking, funny and caring.

They told jokes about who he was, and one co-worker even remembered getting out of his car when he drove to scenes.

“Then he would walk up to me and throw those arms up so his sleeves go up so his biceps can be seen,” said Det. Emanuel Gonzalez said.

Valencia’s wife Meghan Valencia spoke about how the two met when they were only 12 years old. She said they were soul mates. The couple had two sons together and she talked about how proud her husband was to be a father.

WESH 2 News was there last week when a formal procession of motors and officers was held on March 17th to escort Officer Valencia of Lake County to a funeral home in the Orlando area.

The procession traveled 55 miles along the turnpike and roads and headed back to Orange County to a funeral home in east Orlando.

An honor guard removed Valencia’s coffin, which was wrapped in an American flag, and carried it past his wife Meghan, who was then comforted by Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon.

“It hurts. But our officers are strong, they are determined to continue their work. They know we have to do our job,” said Rolon.

On March 15, Rolon announced that Valencia had died. He made the announcement that evening on his official Twitter page.

Valencia was shot and seriously injured in June 2018 while responding to an appeal on domestic violence.

The man who shot him eventually killed four children before turning the gun on himself.

Valencia was treated in Atlanta before being brought back to Orlando in 2019.

In Rolon’s statement, he said: “Officer Valencia risked his life for people he didn’t even know – a risk that many in law enforcement will undoubtedly take. Since that tragic night, Officer Valencia has been fighting with his lifelong family by his side . “

Valencia was awarded the purple heart in 2018 for its efforts and will be retired in October 2020.

Orlando Police are seeking further support, prayers and privacy from Valencia’s family during this time.

Kevin Valencia’s mother, Karen Kinman Chambers, posted the following on her Facebook page: “I am still very deaf, but reading all of your prayers and words is very comforting.”

Orlando Police honored Valencia’s life on March 16. A wreath was placed in front of a patrol car at Orlando Police Headquarters.

Valencia was the 16th officer killed on duty.

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