MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Veteran Miami Police Sergeant Angel Calzadilla died early Friday morning, the victim of a longtime struggle with cystic fibrosis. Calzadilla, 48, served as a Miami police officer for 22 years.

Calzadilla was well known in South Florida for his role as a public information officer, in which he often appeared on television as the face of the department, answering questions about the department and about criminal cases.

Calzadilla also served as assistant to former Miami police chief John Timoney. In the course of his career, he had also been a patrol officer and hostage negotiator.

In a statement issued by the department. Miami Police public information officer Lt. Delrish Moss put voice to the department’s loss.

“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,” the statement read.  “Early this morning, Sergeant Angel Calzadilla succumbed to his illness and drifted into an eternal sleep.”

Calzadilla died after undergoing surgery in Jacksonville.

In August, 2010, Calzadilla was on patrol in Miami when a call went out that a woman was threatening suicide, hanging from a 52nd floor balcony at Miami’s Epic hotel.

Calzadilla was able to convince her to end her attempt by contacting a friend of hers, recording a message from that friend on his cell phone, and playing the sound back to the distraught woman.

As she listened, Calzadilla and other officers were able to grab her and bring her to safety. The whole thing was captured on cellphone video.

He said the woman later thanked him for saving her.

“She was prepared. In my opinion, she was ready to do what she had to do, and if not intentional, after two hours in the hot sun, by tragic accident,” said Calzadilla.

He said he could not watch the video without getting chills.

“We have lost a fine police officer and a great human being” said Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado.  Sgt. Calzadilla is survived by a wife and daughter, as well as by his parents and a brother.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Comments (21)
  1. me says:

    Hw was decent man. He cared for people which is rare these days. RIP

  2. K rachid says:

    He was a terrific person. May he rest in peace. My condolences to his family.

  3. Carl Zogby, Hialeah Police says:

    A great cop, friend and role model.

  4. Pattie O says:

    Great guy & human prayers go out to his family & friends..RIP Angel

  5. Dieter Rosabal says:

    Great guy and a super nice friend. I was his sprint cell phone technician in downtown. I used to fix his HTC all the time. Rest in peace my friend!

  6. Humberto Agüin says:

    Rest In Peace Angel Calzadilla Miami Police ” You are the best example of what a police officer should be, you will be missed and it was a honor knowing you.

  7. S Rosado-Gallo says:

    My deepest sympathy to his wife, daughter, parents, brother and rest of family and friends.
    He will be missed. Angel, his wife, daughter and family were personal friends of our family. He was always a happy person, RIP ANGEL, you will be deeply missed

  8. John Fonner says:

    The Mlami Police Dept. has lost one of it’s finest.
    Rest in peace Angel. Lord have mercy on your wife and children.

  9. Joe Carrillo says:

    Even though we had our diferences, what he didn’t know is that I always admired him for the work he did and his loyalty to his department. My prayers are with him, his family and his department.

  10. Manny Garcia says:

    Its a huge loss For those who knew him and worked with him like some of us did…RIP my friend

  11. Eddie Rodriguez-Hialeah Police says:

    On behalf of the Hialeah Police Department, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Calzadilla family and to the City of Miami Police Department. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Angel Calzadilla. Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in his memory help comfort you tomorrow. He was a GREAT man, friend, husband, father and public servant. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  12. Ted Caracciolo says:

    It was an honor to have known you when you first put on the uniform and hit the streets. It was an honor to release you to ride your solo assignment and start your 22 years of service. Adios Mi Amigo.

  13. Katy Yser says:

    May you rest in peace Seargent Ange Calzadilla, I had the priviledge to know you,may the lord give your family (wife, daughter,parents) the stregnth to cope with your loss. You work such a correct and professional person. R.I.P.

  14. Charlene Navarro, Miami Springs PD says:

    You were a dear friiend to my mother, Mary Flanagan, with whom you worked with in the Chief’s Office for many years. You were the Master of Ceremonies at her retirement party, and I wil always be thankful to you for the love you showed her. She always called you, “My Angel.” You will be so missed by so many, and our thoughts are with your family.

  15. Jackie Viera says:

    May the be with your famiily and close friends.Rest in peace.

  16. Betty Coto says:

    Our deepest condolonces to the Calzadilla’s family. Our prayers are with you! Great loss for Miami-Dade Country.

  17. Rick Madrigal says:

    Although it has been a few years since we had seen Angel Calzadilla it sadden to hear of his passing. I can say that he was a very decent human being that was always kind to everyone and his His always upbeat personality made him well liked to everyone. Are prayers go to his family.

  18. jorge m falcon says:

    My deepest condolences to your family, i will never forget you my great friend.

  19. Gilda Benito Vazquez says:

    Angel, We go back a long time. When we worked together in Burdines in the early 80’s. Since then to now you were a amazing person. You will be missed my friend. R.I.P. Angel Calzadilla

  20. Angel was a great person I will never forget you

  21. Amber Townsend says:

    it has been a few months since your death, but i am still so sad that you are gone. I will never forget the car ride to the movies with yourself, Tabby, Jeannette, and I. I miss you so much uncle Angie. R.I.P.

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