Lieutenant Roger Valdivia a finalist for Officer of The Year

Lieutenant Roger Valdivia with the Fort Myers Police Department is a finalist for this year’s Officer of the Year award.

The 22-year veteran of the department has worked his way up to an administrative position and is in charge of many units in the department, including evidence, fleet, mobile command and crisis negotiation team.

Lt. Valdivia was nominated this year due to his big involvement in helping organize officer Adam Jobbers-Miller’s funeral last year.

Valdivia says it never gets easier to lose a brother in blue, but he carried the weight to organize one for a coworker, for a friend, and for officer Adam Jobbers-Miller.

Valdivia was by the Jobbers-Miller family’s side at Lee Memorial through the entire ordeal.

“I would make sure they were always up to date…I always wanted to make sure they knew everything,” said Valdivia.

“The bond that you form being with somebody day in and day out, especially people that you have no idea who they are, never met them before… which we didn’t. We never met until that time,” Valdivia said.

Thousands showed up to pay their respects to the fallen officer who sacrificed everything.

Valdavia said putting that together would have never been possible without the support he received throughout the process.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better community support,” said Valdivia.

The winner of the Officer of The Year award will be announced at the Law and Order Ball on September 14.

 

Reporter:Taylor Petras
Writer:Lincoln Saunders
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