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By Teresa Bigham
FLOYD COUNTY – Officer Alex Gutierrez and Angus are two of the finest officers from the Floyd County Sheriff’s office.
Officer Gutierrez is the K-9 officer and Angus’ handler. Gutierrez was born and raised in Olton. He has worked very hard to get where he is today. He has two brothers and one sister. “I was raised in a home where God was first and formost. My mom and my grandmother were always there for us kids. In fact, they both were my #1 fan,” said Gutierrez. “My mom, Leticia Gutierrez, was my everything. She raised us by herself, and my siblings and I had a great childhood.”
Officer Gutierrez and his dad Rays Gutierrez were estranged for many years while he was growing up, but now they have reconnected. “I’m proud of my family and I am so excited that my dad and I have a relationship, and honestly it is one of the best things in my life right now,” said Gutierrez.
After graduating from Olton High School, he went to work for the TDCJ and worked there seven years. “I enjoyed working there but being a police office has always been my dream. One day I just put in my two weeks’ notice and applied for the police academy and started a new life. I have never looked back.”.
Officer Gutierrez is engaged to Paula Easquez, and they call Lockney home. Together they have four beautiful children, two girls and two boys.
Angus is a Dutch Sheppard canine and is amazing. He came to be a member of the Floyd County Sherriff’s department about a year and a half ago when Floyd County applied for a grant through the K9 for Cops Program. The pair have been working together for about a year and they also went to Houston for two and half months for training. Angus is trained to be a drug dog, a tracking dog, and a fugitive tracker.
Officer Gutierrez and Angus have a very special bond. Gutierrez said, “Angus is not our family dog, but when he retires, I would love to have him become a part of our family. I love him and we spend a lot of time together.”
K9 for Cops trains the handler and dog to work as a team. They are dedicated to serving the needs of all law enforcement, military and security agencies in the United States as well as internationally. This organization provides the healthiest, most highly trained canines in the industry. Furthermore, educating handlers to be the best they can be to face every changing scenario they encounter in the real world. They do not provide training to just anyone. Their training is only offered to active law enforcement, active military or licensed private security.
Officer Gutierrez said, “I am very proud to be an Officer in Floyd County and I am here for everyone in our community. I pride myself on my work as God has guided me to this path and he continues to walk with me every step of the way.”
Ruben Deleon is a local boy and one of Floyd County’s finest. He grew up in Floydada and is the son of the Ruben and Aurora Deleon.
Sergeant Deleon and his wife Laura have been married 27 years. The couple raised two children in Floydada. A son Ruben, also known as RJ, and a daughter Lindsey.
After graduating from Floydada High School, he attended TSTI in Harlingen, Texas, for computer programming. He returned home after his father suffered a back injury. Growing up he always wanted to a police officer, so he started as a Floyd County jailer in 1991.
He worked for Fred Cardinal, Charlie Overstreet and Billy R Gilmore for a total of eight years. He also worked two years as a Chief Deputy Jail Administrator. Sergeant Deleon then went to work for the Floydada Police Department as a school resource officer for sixteen years. He began working at the Floyd County Sheriff’s office in 2016, and been there ever since.
Sergeant Deleon is one of three people in Floyd County that has a Master’s Peace Officer Certification. The other two who hold this prestigious certificate is Sheriff Paul Raissez and Chief of Police Reuben Ramon. The Master Peace Officer certification is the highest license that a peace officer can reach. To be a master licensed, officers must have completed 1,200 training hours and 20 years of service or 2,400 training hours and 15 years of service and the list goes on from there. He also is a certified jailer peace officer.
Sergeant Deleon said, “We are here to help our community and one of my goals is to help the youth of our community know we’re not the bad guys.” “Many times, I’ve heard a parent say to their children if you don’t behave, I’m going to call the cops. These kids look at us the bad guy, and that’s not it at all we’re here to serve the community and help make it a safer place for the people. We can cut up and have fun with this kid,” said Sergeant Deleon.
Floyd County Sheriff Officers are excited to get out in our community and bring everyone together. National Night Out is one of the ways they bring everyone together. It’s held the first weekend of August. A meal is served and lots of fun and games for everyone to come out and enjoy. In April Sergeant Deleon will be gathering donations to be able to put this wonderful event on.
Next time you see one of our finest please thank them for their service to our community.