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Bartow Mourns Passing of Retired Police Sg. Isidro Flores


Last updated 9/23/2020 at 8:20am

Retired Bartow Police Sgt. Isidro Flores

The Bartow Police Department is very saddened to hear of the passing of retired Bartow Police Sgt. Isidro Flores, or "Five-0" as he was more commonly known in the community. Sgt. Flores was 79 years old, having just celebrated his birthday on May 15, 2020 with a Bartow Police Drive-By parade during the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home order.

For many years Sgt. Flores was the face of Bartow Police Department. He began his career at the Department in 1971 as a Patrol Officer, I.D. #211, at the age of 30. He was quickly dubbed the the nickname "Five-0" due to his Hawaiian-like appearance, referencing the hit TV show from the 1970's, Hawaii Five-0. There were not many who knew that he was not actually Hawaiian.

Sgt. Flores concentrated most of his career efforts working with the youth in Bartow, especially those "at risk". He regularly volunteered during his off-time at the Polk Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

If you were a teenager in the 1970s and 1980s living in Bartow, you most likely have a fond memory after having met Officer "Five-0". He always went out of his way to make friends with the young people, and they respected him for it.

Sgt. Flores worked his way up the ranks, to eventually retire in 1997 as a Sergeant. Sgt. Flores was a beloved police officer, co-worker, friend, Husband, Father and Grandfather and he will be greatly missed by all.


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