Santiago Vazquez Jr, parents (Santiago and Esther) were born in Puerto Rico, he is the youngest sibling of 5 and was born and raised in New York City; into a Hispanic culture that continues today.
After high school, Santiago joined the United Stated Army, having served in combat during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, in Guantanamo Bay Cuba for humanitarian operations in support of Haitian migrants and in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Santiago is the recipient of numerous Army commendations and meritorious awards and was honorably discharged.
Santiago settled here in South Florida having his family and breaking barriers for the Hispanic community by becoming the first Puerto Rican officer to join the Oakland Park Police Dept in 1994, serving the community as a law enforcement officer. The Oakland Park Police Dept merged with the Broward Sheriff’s Office in 2000. He has served Broward County for over 23 years. He has served as a Deputy, a Detective, a Community Relations Officer, Motor Deputy, a Sergeant, and a Motor Sergeant. He has received the Gold Cross, one of the highest awards given by the Broward Sheriff’s Office. In addition, Santiago has saved the lives of seven people during his career receiving seven Life-Saving awards, many other commendations and has completed the Executive Leadership Academy at Nova Southeast University.
Santiago Vazquez Jr continues to work with diverse communities by joining community leaders, politicians, law enforcement, and community organizations’ to work together in making solutions for a better community.