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Rep. Stephanie Murphy, Statement for the Congressional Record, Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and Honoring Orlando Rolón

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Washington, October 8, 2021 | comments

Mr. Speaker:

As part of our national celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, I am paying tribute to Floridians who have made outstanding contributions to our community and our country.  

Today I rise to honor the Chief of Police for the City of Orlando, Orlando Rolón.

Orlando, who was born in Puerto Rico, moved to Central Florida with his family in 1977.

In 1982, Orlando enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and served for four years.  Following his military service, Orlando continued to build a life in Central Florida and worked in construction.

Orlando joined the Orlando Police Department in 1992.  His commitment to fostering effective communication with the Spanish-speaking residents of Orlando led him to become the first Hispanic spokesperson in the history of OPD.  Orlando has used his extensive experience and leadership abilities to bring people together, from traveling to Puerto Rico to assist with hurricane recovery efforts to providing crucial briefings in Spanish to the friends and families of victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

In 2018, Mayor Buddy Dyer appointed Orlando to become the Orlando Police Department’s 39th Chief of Police.  Chief Rolón is the first person of Hispanic heritage ever to hold this position. 

As Chief and throughout his nearly 30 years of service to the Department, Orlando has dedicated himself to improving trust and effective communication between law enforcement and our community.  He has a servant’s heart and the City of Orlando is safer and stronger because of him.

I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring and celebrating Chief Orlando Rolón.

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