Soto Honors Orlando Police Officer Who Passed Away as a Result of 2018 Shooting

March 19, 2021
Press Release
Officer Kevin Valencia is remembered as a hero who died protecting the Central Florida community

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, while speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) honored the life Officer Kevin Valencia of the Orlando Police Department. Officer Valencia was shot while responding to a domestic violence call in 2018 and died as a result of his injuries on Monday, March 15, 2021.

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“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the life of Officer Kevin Valencia of the Orlando Police Department, who was a courageous and heroic officer, a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend.

“On June 11, 2018, Officer Kevin Valencia was shot and critically injured while responding to a domestic violence call where a deranged individual took his own life after killing four children and shooting Officer Valencia.

“Officer Valencia risked his life for people he didn’t even know— a risk that many in the law enforcement profession take every day without question.

“Since that tragic night, Officer Valencia has been fighting for his life with his family by his side.

“Regretfully, Officer Valencia passed away this week, on March 15, 2021, after succumbing to the injuries sustained.

“Officer Kevin Valencia will be remembered by his loved ones as a hero, who selflessly gave to others and always had the best humor.

“He is survived by his wife, Meghan Valencia, and their two sons, Kaleb and Kolton.

“Thank you Kevin Valencia, officer of OPD, for your great sacrifices. We mourn your passing and may you Rest in Peace.

“With that, Mr. Speaker, I yield back.”