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WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) took to the Senate floor to honor the memory of Dayton Detective Jorge DelRio. Detective DelRio was killed in the line of duty while serving a drug-related search warrant in Dayton.
Brown’s full remarks, as prepared for delivery, can be found below. Production quality video can be downloaded here.
I rise today to honor a dedicated Ohio public servant, Detective Jorge DelRio.
For three decades, Detective DelRio served his community with honor and dignity. On November 4th, while working as part of a local DEA drug task force, he made the ultimate sacrifice to keep his fellow Ohioans safe. He laid down his life while doing his job, working with fellow Dayton officers to protect the people he served in Miami Valley.
In the days since his passing, we’ve heard stories of Detective DelRio’s service to his community and his family.
As he was hospitalized, officers from around Miami Valley packed the hospital hallways and parking lot to show their support for Detective DelRio and his wife, Kathy, and their children; and grandchildren.
Detective Del Rio was beloved by his friends and colleagues. He was devoted to his family, kind, funny, and fair, even while spending his days undertaking dangerous work, often undercover.
Detective DelRio’s career is also a reminder of the contributions immigrants make to our communities all over Ohio. He came to this country from Mexico as a child, and his decades of teamwork as part of the Dayton Police Department and the DEA saved and changed lives. He embodied the Dayton Police Department’s motto of ‘Honor through service and Service with honor.”
Chief Richard Biehl of Dayton Police said that Detective DelRio had an “impact regionally, nationally, and internationally.”
Detective DelRio’s legacy will live on through the many lives he touched. And not surprisingly, he is continuing to serve, through his wishes to be an organ donor.
In times of tragedy, Ohioans always rise to the occasion, and we have witnessed an outpouring of community support in the days since Detective DelRio was taken from us.
While no gesture can ever repay him or his loved ones for their sacrifice, today we honor this hero’s memory and lift up the entire Dayton community.