We’re sad to report the untimely passing of long time Miami Springs resident and Bal Harbour Police Chief, Miguel De La Rosa. Chief De La Rosa (just 49 years old) passed Saturday evening, after a short fight with cancer. He was loved by his peers, friends, and family.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Miguel De La Rosa’s wife, daughters, twin brother, sister, and his entire extended family and friends. As anyone who got to meet De La Rosa knew, he was a very nice man who always had a smile and a great attitude.
Chief De La Rosa’s twin brother, Miami Springs resident, and Fire Chief for the Coral Gables Fire Department, Marcos De La Rosa, posted the following heart breaking message on Twitter:
Broken-hearted to say good by to my twin, best friend, and hero. No words can ever do justice for how much I love you. Miss You already. I got you! pic.twitter.com/7iCenBpGZ1
— Marcos De La Rosa (@marcosadelarosa) January 28, 2018
Miami-Dade State Attorney, Katherine Fernandez Rundle was quoted on Local10 describing Miguel De La Rosa as “…a great law enforcement professional. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his beloved sister, who is one of my dear (State Attorney’s Office) team members.”
Bal Harbour Village Manager was quoted by NBC 6 declaring, “The Village of Bal Harbour will do everything it can to support his family and honor this remarkable man, father, and colleague.”
Brief Background from the Bal Harbour Police Department on Chief Miguel De La Rosa:
Chief Miguel De La Rosa joined the Bal Harbour Police Department in 2014 in the overall command of all departmental operations.
He began his law enforcement career over 29 years ago with the Hialeah Police Department, with command experience in management and executive level ranks in special investigations, support services and uniform patrol. Chief De La Rosa has a broad based community-policing philosophy which emphasizes a strong commitment to the needs and expectations of the community.
Chief De La Rosa is a Miami native. He earned his Master’s Degree from Florida International University in Public Administration, and is also a graduate of the University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute, Command Officer Development Course.
Chief De La Rosa is a member of the Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police, where he currently serves as the chairman of the membership committee and the Florida Police Chiefs Association.
The Lord above needed a sweet angel with a lot of love to call up Chief Miguel De La Rosa so soon. May the Lord fill the De La Rosa family with faith and love during this most difficult time.