ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Police Department remembered fallen officer Kevin Valencia during a funeral service on Wednesday.
“He lived for something bigger than himself,” First Baptist Orlando pastor David Uth said.
Valencia died last week after battling a traumatic head injury from a line of duty shooting nearly three years ago.
Pastor Shaddy Soliman from Lake Mary Church where the Valencias were members said Kevin lived with a desire to serve.
“Kevin put his life on the line for what he believes in and what he believes for,” Soliman said.
The officer’s wife, Meghan, described Kevin as “the goofiest hero you’ve ever met.”
She said the couple met when they were 12 and whispered “I love you” over the phone so their parents wouldn’t hear.
Over the next decade and a half, the pair married and had two sons. Meghan said Kevin was “the most incredible father you could ever imagine.”
“I know Kevin is here with us because, believe me, he would not leave his boys,” she said.
Kevin was courageous, stubborn and goofy, Meghan said.
“To say that Kevin was a fighter would simply be an understatement,” she said.
She said with his passing not only did the community lose a dedicated officer and a family lose their son, father and husband, but also “we lost a hero.”
Valencia was in a coma and had been in an Atlanta facility and, more recently, one closer to home in Central Florida while trying to recover from the gunshot wound.
In October 2020, Valencia retired from the Orlando Police Department and was awarded the Purple Heart for his actions.
“Officer Valencia risked his life for people he didn’t even know -- a risk that many in the law enforcement profession take without question,” police Chief Orlando Rolon wrote in a news release. “Since that tragic night, Officer Valencia has been fighting for his life with his family by his side.
Orlando police led a procession of Valencia’s casket to the church Wednesday morning. Skywitness 9 flew over the procession. You can see that video below:
The funeral service was held at First Baptist Orlando on Wednesday beginning 11 a.m. You can watch the service in full below:
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