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Sgt. Henry Guzman, a longtime South Miami cop, retires

South Miami Police Chief Rene Landa and Sgt. Henry Guzman on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at South Miami City Hall.
South Miami Police Chief Rene Landa and Sgt. Henry Guzman on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at South Miami City Hall. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

South Miami’s police department will look and sound a little different from now on: Sgt. Henry Guzman served his last day as a South Miami police officer Aug. 5.

Guzman, who recently announced his retirement,served on the force for 18 years in uniform patrol, criminal investigations, explorer advisor, bicycle patrol, community affairs, field training officer, and public information officer. For the last three years, he served as the criminal investigations supervisor and acting commander.

Guzman, 49, used his singing voice to represent law enforcement and the South Miami Police Department at the national and local level by performing the National Anthem at numerous local community and national events, including: the Police Benevolent Associations Gala, the Miami-Dade Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony, NASCAR, the Florida Marlins, the St. Michael’s Feast Day Celebration, the Wounded Warriors, MADD, and South Miami’s State of the City event.

South Miami’s city commission presented Guzman with a plaque at its Aug. 2 meeting. He began his law enforcement career in 1988 at Miami Dade Corrections, before joining the South Miami Police Department in 1999. Although he is retiring, Guzman will continue in a reserve police sergeant role.

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