Hero Down: 21-Year-Old BCSO Deputy Alfonso 'Tre' Machado Succumbs To Rare Cancer

Bexar County Sheriff's Office Deputy Alfonso "Tre" Machado was diagnosed with late-stage cancer on his 21st birthday.

San Antonio, TX – Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputy Alfonso “Tre” Machado died on Oct. 18, following a “hard-fought battle with cancer,” according to his department.

Deputy Machado was diagnosed with Stage IV Ewing Sarcoma on July 20, which also happened to be his 21st birthday, KENS reported.

He underwent aggressive chemotherapy two weeks later.

The cancer ultimately spread to his spine and lungs, and he spent the last month of his life in hospice care, surrounded by his friends and family, WOAI reported.

"I love the job," Officer Machado told WOAI in September. "It's always there for me. Especially when I beat this, I'll still have a job to go to. It's always nice to be in that brotherhood. People that have your back."

His family was by his side when he passed away at 2:54 p.m. on Oct. 18.

“Today the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office lost one of our own,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post later that day. “After a hard-fought battle with cancer, Deputy Alfonso ‘Tre’ Machado has finished his fight.”

BCSO said it was proud to have had Deputy Machado as a member of the force.

“Our prayers are with the entire Machado family and everyone affected by the loss of Deputy Machado,” the agency said.

During his two years with the department, Deputy Machado also served as a member of the Special Emergency Response Team, which handles high-risk situation inside the county’s jail facility, KENS reported.

His aunt, Angela Sarao, said that he dreamed of becoming a law enforcement officer since he was a child.

"He was going to be a policeman – that's what he always said,” Sarao told KENS. “He wanted to be just like his grandpa, just like his dad, and he never changed his mind."

His brother was one of his fellow BCSO deputies.

Deputy Machado was the oldest of five siblings, and was born to be a protector, Sarao told KENS.

"He's just so selfless,” she explained. “He told his mom [after his diagnosis], 'But mom there is so many bad guys out there. I have to get back to work.'"

When he was hospitalized, visits from his fellow deputies always brightened his days.

Deputy Machado will be laid to rest on Oct. 30, according to his department.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Alfonso “Tre” Machado, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

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

Comments (8)
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TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

RIP Deputy Machado. My deepest condolences go out to your family, friends and fellow Officer's. This is a real heartbreaker 21 his life was just beginning. Rest easy brother 🙏🏼💙🇺🇸

bryantrent
bryantrent

May god be with you Deputy Machado you are in a safe place you are not suffering any more

Gramercy
Gramercy

TRE, THE BROTHERHOOD SHALL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU..AND "YOUR FATHER" IS NOW ALWAYS AT YOUR SIDE. MAY GOD GRANT PEACE TO YOUR SUFFERING BODY..AND MAY YOUR LOVED ONES KNOW YOU ARE SAFE, SECURE, AND NOT IN PAIN IN THE LORD'S HANDS! GOD BLESS YOU!

Bailey17
Bailey17

Rest In Peace Deputy Machado, my thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and fellow LEO’s🙏🏻🇺🇸

Mumsy
Mumsy

This brings me to tears. For a young man who was living his life as he always dreamed of, to pass away at such a young age is heartbreaking!! Prayers for all of his family, both blood and blue.

DSmith2018
DSmith2018

So young...what a shame. You’d think there would be a cure for cancer by now in the billions of dollars that go into the fight. By why should a cure be found though when billions are shoveling in?

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

God's got you now and there is nothing better on this side of heaven. Thank you for your service, thank you for being an inspiration to so many young men and women who are searching for their path in life.