Former coworkers remember Independence officer killed in the line of duty

2021-09-18 23:19:57

Former coworkers remember an Independence police officer killed in the line of duty Wednesday.Police Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans worked at Chop’s BBQ his senior year in high school and after graduation. His co-workers said they were impressed by his drive and professionalism.In a town where American pride is on display, a restaurant serving soul food tells you about their hero.”I believe he came in in a suit to turn in his application for a cook position,” said Dan Ulledahl, owner of Chop’s BBQ.Bright, ambitious, and a real go-getter is how colleagues at Chop’s BBQ describe Madrid-Evans.”Whatever he did, he was very eager to learn how to do it extremely well,” Ulledahl said.He said Madrid-Evans went from learning to prep and cook the food to being the server in about a year.”He was very charismatic so he was able to talk to people really well. He had a great smile,” Ulledahl said.When Madrid-Evans went on to become a police officer, they were excited for him.”We knew he was going to do something. He was going to do something with all his heart,” he said.Ulledahl is a retired officer himself. He said they would talk shop.”We knew that he was destined to do bigger and better things,” he said.He said that’s what he’ll miss the most. They’ll miss seeing him drop in to visit as he always did before.”The loss will continue forever because every so often I’ll think, ‘Man, I wish I could see him again,'” Ulledahl said.

Former coworkers remember an Independence police officer killed in the line of duty Wednesday.

Police Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans worked at Chop’s BBQ his senior year in high school and after graduation. His co-workers said they were impressed by his drive and professionalism.

In a town where American pride is on display, a restaurant serving soul food tells you about their hero.

“I believe he came in in a suit to turn in his application for a cook position,” said Dan Ulledahl, owner of Chop’s BBQ.

Bright, ambitious, and a real go-getter is how colleagues at Chop’s BBQ describe Madrid-Evans.

“Whatever he did, he was very eager to learn how to do it extremely well,” Ulledahl said.

He said Madrid-Evans went from learning to prep and cook the food to being the server in about a year.

“He was very charismatic so he was able to talk to people really well. He had a great smile,” Ulledahl said.

When Madrid-Evans went on to become a police officer, they were excited for him.

“We knew he was going to do something. He was going to do something with all his heart,” he said.

Ulledahl is a retired officer himself. He said they would talk shop.

“We knew that he was destined to do bigger and better things,” he said.

He said that’s what he’ll miss the most. They’ll miss seeing him drop in to visit as he always did before.

“The loss will continue forever because every so often I’ll think, ‘Man, I wish I could see him again,'” Ulledahl said.

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