NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY - The St. Louis County Police Department released official information Thursday afternoon on the fatal crash that involved St. Louis County Police On Wednesday, December 1, 2021. St. Louis County Police Detective Antonio Valentine was fatally injured in a motor vehicle crash that occurred in North St. Louis County.
Detective Valentine was assigned to the Bureau of Drug Enforcement.
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Detective Valentine is survived by his four children, ranging in age from 10 to 22. He was 42 years of age. Detective Valentine joined the Department in June of 2007 and served in the Central County Precinct, the Bureau of Transit Police, the North County Precinct, the Special Operations Unit, the Auto Crime Unit, and the Bureau of Drug Enforcement.
Detective Valentine served active duty in the United States Army from July 1999 to February 2000. He then served in the United States Army National Guard as a Sergeant from February 2000 to January 2011. Detective Valentine continued his service in the United States Air Force Reserve until he recently retired. During Detective Valentine’s military service he deployed in active combat to Iraq and Kyrgyzstan.
St. Louis County Acting Police Chief Kenneth Gregory stated, “On behalf of our entire Department, I wish to express our sorrow and sympathy over the tragic death of Detective Antonio Valentine.
Detective Valentine dedicated his life to serving the public through both his law enforcement and military careers. He was devoted to his family and friends. We are greatly honored to have worked with him and have him as part of our family.”