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      Longtime Mission police officer laid to rest

      Mission police officers spent Tuesday mourning the loss of one of their own.

      This weekend, they lost a longtime police officer who served and protected citizens of the Rio Grande Valley for 32 years.

      Officers from several law enforcement agencies across the Valley gathered to pay their respects to Officer Alberto Aguirre.

      At 55 years of age, Officer Aguirre spent 32 of those years working for many police departments in Cameron and Hidalgo Counties.

      Aguirre started off working as a dispatcher for the McAllen Police Department and then Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office.

      After attending the Harlingen Police Academy, he started patrolling duties with the Pharr Police Department.

      Seven years later, he went to the San Benito Police Department and stayed there for 13 years.

      Aguirre later moved to the Mission Police Department where worked on motorcycle patrol.

      Interim Police Chief Martin Garza said during those 12 year of service, Aguirre TMs commitment to law enforcement stood out.

      Aguirre was hospitalized seven weeks ago for pneumonia but was unable to recover.

      Garza said Aguirre passed away on Saturday from health complications.

      Officer Aguirre leaves behind his wife and four daughters.

      His remains will rest at the Valley Garden Memorial in Mission.