Seattle, WA - Seattle Police Detective Ron Cardova died quietly and unexpectedly on April 30, 2017 while working at home on a high-profile case. Now Seattle police detectives are going public with their loss to try to help his family.
Detective Cordova was responsible for the investigation of some of the Seattle Police Department's 'most high-profile police shootings', including the April 20 downtown shootout between three officers and a gunman. He was a member of the department's Force Investigation Team, and they have a 75-day deadline to determine if a police shooting is justified.
His partner, Detective Steve Corbin, said, "From pretty much that point forward, as far as investigations go, I don't think he had a day off." He said that Detective Cordova was working on the case at home one weekend when he died from a brain aneurysm, according to King5.
Detective Corbin said "Very sudden and unexpected and the family, as you can imagine when something like that happens, is broken".
He said that when Detective Cordova moved from California to work for the Seattle Police Department, he brought his family and his parents. He said they bought the house that they live in now, and made it a home for 'grandparents, parents, and grandchildren living together'.
With Detective Cordova's death, he leaves behind his wife Tracy, and two sons, Ronnie, age 19, and Zachary, age 14. Three generations of Cordovas have now lost their main provider.
Detective Cordova had only been with Seattle PD for four years, although he was a veteran officer from out of state, he was just short of five years in Washington's retirement system, which would have given his family a reduced pension. His co-workers have started a GoFundMe account to help pay for his son's college tuition, and are halfway toward the goal of $50,000.
Detective Corbin said, "When you go home at night and dinner is done, there is no dad in the house. And it gets very real for them."
The Seattle Police Department has petitioned for Detective Cordova's death to be classified as a 'line of duty death', which would give more financial benefits to his family, but his case may not qualify because he was working at home.
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