Haines City, FL – March 3, 2016 – Haines City mourns the loss of one of its finest, Officer Jorge Gil, 41, who died Monday evening after suffering from complications due to a severe medical episode while on duty two weeks ago.
“Officer Gil epitomizes the type of officer we all strive to be,” said Assistant Police Chief, Brian McNulty. “He was a hard-working team player who always put others before himself.”
On February 17, 2016, Gil was on duty and suffered a severe medical episode. He was rushed to Heart of Florida Hospital, then transferred to Tampa General Hospital. On February 29, 2016 at 9:01pm, surrounded by family, Officer Gil succumbed to his medical condition. He leaves behind his wife, Stacy Gil and three children, Shane, Devon and Donovan.
“It is never easy to lose one of our officers who so selflessly served the community on a daily basis,” said Public Safety Director, Richard Sloan. “Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.”
Gil began his career in Law Enforcement in 2009 with the Florida Department of Corrections at Everglades Correctional Institute. On March 12, 2012 he was sworn in as a Police Officer with the Haines City Police Department. He was assigned to the Patrol Division, served as a Field Training Officer and on the Crisis Intervention Team.
“Officer Gil should be remembered as a valiant public servant that gave his last full measure ensuring the safety, freedom and well-being of others,” said Haines City Manager, Jonathan Evans. “As a veteran of the United States Army 24th infantry division, Gil was the epitome of a true American hero.”
In Gil’s honor, Evans ordered both public safety flags to fly overhead shortly after his time of death Monday evening. The City will retire and present both flags to the Gil family, in addition to the American flag. Funeral services will be held at the NorthRidge Baptist Church, located at 2250 State Road 17 S. Haines City, FL 33844 on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 1pm.