Erik Agazim LE Charities Presents $500 Check to Officer of the Month
The Miami-Dade Police Department nominated Detective Manuel L. Gonzalez for the prestigious Miami-Dade County Chiefs of Police Association Officer of the Month Award. Erik Agazim Law Enforcement Charities presented a check for $500 dollars to the officer of the month, for his outstanding bravery in the face of a daunting situation. Detective Gonzalez has been awarded the department Gold Medal of Valor, the Purple Heart Award, and selected as the Department’s Distinguished Officer of the Month for April 2018.
Detective Gonzalez was working an off-duty security detail at Walmart Super Center. He was directed by an employee to a male suspected of shoplifting. He followed him out of the store and confronted him at his vehicle regarding the alleged shoplifting. During the encounter, the suspect suddenly produced a handgun and fired several shots injuring Detective Gonzalez who quickly returned fire, incapacitating him.
Each month Erik Agazim LE Charities donates $500 to the Officer of the Month and an additional $1000 to the Officer of the Year. The organization would like to thank Detective Gonzalez for his courage and commitment to his department and community and applaud his perseverance during his recovery. Erik Agazim LE Charities’ commitment to the local law enforcement community extends into providing cadet tuition, agency equipment grants, and support for the families of fallen officers.
Detective Gonzalez’ decisive action quickly ended a situation that had the potential of harming shoppers and responding officers. During the incident, he displayed courage and heroism and has continued to do so throughout his recovery.
Detective Gonzalez’ commitment to maintaining a positive attitude about his profession and resilience in the face of adversity are an example of the true valour displayed by our local law enforcement officers.