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Hero Down: Crown Point Police Sgt. Jose Resendez Dies Unexpectedly

Crown Point, IN – Crown Point Police Department (CPPD) Sergeant Jose Resendez died unexpectedly on June 16.

The 49-year-old sergeant’s exact cause of death was not released.

The City of Crown Point announced Sgt. Resendez’s death in a press release later that day.

“The City of Crown Point and Crown Point Police Department are saddened to announce the passing of Sgt. Jose Resendez, badge No. 72,” the city said. “Resendez was dedicated to being an exemplary officer and leader.”

Sgt. Resendez, a U.S. Army veteran, served the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office for six years prior to joining the CPPD on March 15, 2004.

During his 18-year career with the CPPD, he served as an active shooter instructor, firearms instructor, drug recognition expert instructor, and as a standardized field sobriety instructor, the city said.

Sgt. Resendez was also a member of the department’s traffic stop and crash and reconstruction teams, and served as coordinator of the CPPD’s field training officer program.

“He showed a genuine enthusiasm and commitment to his work and the Crown Point community, routinely volunteering for additional assignments,” the city said. “Though Resendez had a myriad of responsibilities within the department, that did not stop him from connecting with the community. He led various community outreach programs, including some exclusively in Spanish, to educate residents on public safety.”

Sgt. Resendez was named Employee of the Month in October of 2010, and was awarded the Lewis-Schmidt Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award by the American Legion in 2011.

“Jose was a fantastic officer,” Crown Point Police Chief Ryan Patrick said in the press release. “This is a tremendous loss for not only our department, but all those who loved him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they navigate this difficult time.”

Sgt. Resendez leaves behind his wife, Michelle, his three children, and his granddaughter, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his parents, siblings, and his step-siblings.

Sgt. Resendez will be laid to rest on June 23.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Crown Point Police Department Sergeant Jose Resendez, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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