“Today we mourn the loss of 45-year-old Los Angeles Police Officer Valentin ‘Val’ Martinez,” the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents the rank-and-file officers, said in a statement. “He was a hero lost way too early in life. All of our officers have placed themselves, and their families, at increased risk throughout the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We honor their sacrifice today. “Our hearts and prayers go out to his loved ones, friends, and his Mission Area family as they grieve the loss of a fallen hero.
The 45-year-old is survived by his partner Megan Flynn, who is 20 weeks pregnant with twins, as well as by his mother and siblings, officials said.
Officer Valentin Martinez worked at the Mission Division in the north San Fernando Valley, and is the first LAPD officer and the second employee to die as a result of the coronavirus.