Help a Hero: An officer just died... now his wife and little boy desperately need our help.

DALLAS, TX – Jose De La Rocha had been with the Dallas Police Department for almost 15 years. The Senior Corporal had served in Narcotics, PALS, the bike unit, the dive team and patrol.

Sadly, he passed away on August 20th of natural causes after suffering a medical emergency at home with his family.

Now, our friends at Help a Hero are trying to lend a hand to assist his wife, Adriana, and their four-year-old son, Nicholas.

A campaign page has been set up by the Blue Guardian Foundation in hopes of reaching a $10,000 goal. 
According to the Brotherhood Dallas website, “José was a native son of Dallas (Oak Cliff) Texas. He attended the University of North Texas after high school. He was a man with a huge heart and a captivating smile. He wanted to give back to his home-town and serve its citizens.”

While there are only small bits of information regarding De La Rocha, Law Enforcement Today came across an article from 2017 by CBS News.

The National Latino Law Enforcement Organization, of which De La Rocha was a member, wrote a letter to the incoming police chief, Rene Hall. The genesis of that letter was in an effort to make recommendations for the betterment of the department.

One of the items listed was a take-home car program. De La Rocha was one of the officers championing that idea.

"As soon as someone see's it they notice it. They know it's there they recognize it they know the police are around and if you are a criminal you get out of the area," said Officer De La Rocha.

He also pointed to the difficult and inefficient process of getting a patrol car at the beginning of the shift.
"They have to go in and do this 30-40 minute process just to get a car just to get to calls," he said.

He also expressed concern about the low morale in the department.

"We have to do something to retain new officers or retain officers who have been here for years and years and years," he said.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, both blood and blue, and friends.
If you can, please join the campaign. If you cannot, please join us in praying for comfort and healing for his wife and son.

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