Boone, IA – Boone Police Department (BPD) Officer Mario Gonzalez died in an off-duty crash on Nov. 20, according to his department.
Details regarding the collision that resulted in the 26-year-old officer’s death have not been released.
“It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Officer Mario Gonzalez,” the BPD said in a Facebook post on Nov. 21.
Officer Gonzalez served the BPD as a full-time police officer from August of 2016 through October of 2019, when he began working as a part-time officer for the department.
“Mario was the light of any room he was in,” the BPD said in a follow-up post on Monday. “His positive outlook and attitude were infectious and it was impossible not to smile and laugh when he was around. He took his oath to Serve and Protect very seriously and would go above and beyond to help people, both on and off duty. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”
In addition to his role as a law enforcement officer, he was also a proud member of the Iowa Army National Guard (IANG).
Officer Gonzalez joined the IANG with his family’s blessing at the age of 17, and completed his basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, two weeks into his senior year of high school, according to his obituary.
After graduating from Boone High School, Officer Gonzalez trained as a radiology specialist at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
“He was the youngest member in his class and graduated with distinction,” his obituary read.
Officer Gonzalez later joined the Army Infantry and graduated from sniper training earlier this year.
He leaves behind his wife, Anna, and his young children, Orlando and Eliana Rose.
He is also survived by his parents, four brothers, one sister, grandparents, in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, and one nephew.
“Mario was a loving and giving husband, father, brother, grandson, cousin, brother-in-law, uncle, son-in-law, and son,” his obituary read. “He was a great friend to many and committed police officer to the citizens of Boone.”
Officer Gonzalez will be laid to rest on Nov. 27.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Boone Police Department Officer Mario Gonzalez, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.