South Florida

Veteran FBI agent with Miami roots succumbs to illness

The FBI's Miami field office has lost one of its special agents to a battle with cancer.

Giraldo “Gerry” Bermudez, 51, who had been working as an undercover agent before he was sidelined by his illness, died on Wednesday while surrounded by his family and friends.

“Gerry embodied the true spirit of the FBI’s motto: fidelity, bravery and integrity,” said George L. Piro, special agent in charge of the Miami division. “He was a model father, friend and agent. He will be truly missed.”

Bermudez, who was born in Cuba and raised in Miami, always wanted to serve in law enforcement, according to his colleagues. He attended Miami Senior High School, where he was the school’s drum major, and graduated from Florida International University before joining the Miami-Dade Police Department in 1986.

Over the next decade, Bermudez served as a patrol officer and in the narcotics and organized crime sections. One of his last stints was as an investigator in an FBI task force targeting major local drug traffickers. As a task force officer, Bermudez set his sights on applying for the FBI.

Bermudez joined the FBI’s Miami field office in 1995, launching a career that would span work on the agency’s SWAT unit as well as in narcotics, violent crime, counterintelligence and undercover sections. He helped take down one of the largest drug-trafficking organizations in the world and most recently posed as a corrupt money manager in an undercover operation.

He also worked with an FBI squad that traveled to Central and South America to investigate kidnappings and murders of U.S. citizens abroad.

Piro, the special agent in charge, said Bermudez’s commitment to his family, friends and the FBI “will leave a lasting impression on all those who crossed his path.”

The FBI did not provide a photo of Bermudez because he had worked in undercover investigations.

Bermudez is survived by his wife, Jennifer Bermudez, and his four daughters, twins Christina and Katherine, 21, as well as Sophia, 5, and Emily, 3. He is also survived by his father, Giraldo Bermudez Sr.