By Sharon Aron Baron
A Broward Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant died Sunday after being hospitalized for Covid-19.
Lt. Aldemar “Al” Rengifo Jr, 47, died after testing positive, and subsequently being hospitalized in July for the virus. In a statement, Sheriff Gregory Tony and the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office are heartbroken following his passing.
Lt. Rengifo was born in Boston, Mass. and graduated from Western High School in Davie. Before pursuing a career in law enforcement, he earned an associate degree in medical assisting from Keiser College and worked for more than six years as a medical assistant.
He served BSO for more than 20 years, first joining as a deputy sheriff cadet in January 2000.
After working as a deputy, Rengifo was promoted to sergeant on November 28, 2015, and promoted to lieutenant less than four years later on June 8, 2019.
During his tour of duty with BSO, Lt. Rengifo worked in various district offices and the divisions of Internal Affairs and Criminal Investigations. Most recently, he was assigned to the Youth and Neighborhood Services Bureau, where he was overseeing the School Resource Officer Unit, Police Athletic League, and police explorers.
Lt. Rengifo was known for his commitment to agency and community and for his superior communication skills and ability to complete complex tasks. In 2012, while serving the Weston community, he was recognized as “Detective of the Year” for his leadership and dedication to keeping residents and visitors safe.
During one of his annual performance evaluations, a supervisor wrote, “He interacts well with his peers along with the general public and can be counted on to maintain a calm and professional demeanor when dealing with complex and stressful situations.”
Lt. Rengifo is survived by his wife and son as well as a host of relatives and friends. He will be deeply missed.
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