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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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