LAPD Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera Wins Rumble In Rio Fight To Knock Out Poverty For Kids

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera wins his charity fight by Technical Knock Out during his main event match against Santa Fe Firefighter Manny Gallegos Saturday night at Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Jordan Herrera, 8, wishes his father, Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, good luck in the ring just before his charity fight Saturday night in Albuquerque. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera’s team to ‘Knock Out Poverty’ shows their support just before his charity fight begins Saturday night. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
ALBUQUERQUE – Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera took on Santa Fe Firefighter Manny Gallegos in the main event at the Rumble in Rio charity event Saturday night at the Kiva Auditorium.
 
He won the bout by Technical Knock Out.
 
“After the first round I started to get a little tired, but with my son Jordan in my corner, he kept pushing me and told me just knock him out dad,” Wardlow Herrera said. “This fight was for my son … to see how proud he was when I won was the most amazing feeling that I will never forget.”
 
Wardlow Herrera’s 8-year-old son stood by his side during training and sparred with him in preparation for the big fight. This was Wardlow Herrera’s second fight. He won his first fight with a knockout. 
 
Wardlow Herrera, 38, is a graduate of the FBI executive law enforcement officers’ academy. He is an advocate for youth and was sponsored by El Parasol in Los Alamos. A dozen youth escorted him into the ring at Saturday’s event as the money raised went to Knock Out Poverty for kids.

“I was proud to see both Los Alamos Police and the Fire Department represented at this year’s Rumble in the Rio. And that both Jason and Kenny won their bouts made it even better,” Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone said. 

The Rumble in Rio is in its 12th year in the state of New Mexico. It was inspired by Jim Franklin, who was an evidence technician in the Rio Rancho Police Department. For several years he would take old bicycles from storage and rebuild them and give them out to children of low-income families in the area for Christmas.

This effort prompted Ofc. Pete Camacho to create “Rumble in Rio,” and allowed the Jim Franklin Bike Giveaway Program to expand and provide more bicycles to more kids. So began the tradition of “Cops and Firefighters fighting for the kids”.

“The Rumble in Rio Board now includes members from multiple public safety agencies from New Mexico,” said Andrew Garcia of Rumble in Rio. “Our fighters are EMTs, police officers, corrections officers and firefighters from around the state and have represented dozens of departments.”

LAPD Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera comes out fighting and prepares to make contact with opponent Manny Gallegos’ face  Saturday night at Kiva Auditorium. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

LAPD Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera lands the punch against Manny Gallegos. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Santa Fe Firefighter Manny Gallegos takes one on the chin from LAPD Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera during their fight to knock out poverty Saturday night. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Santa Fe Firefighter Manny Gallegos takes another one on the chin from LAPD Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera during their fight to knock out poverty Saturday night. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

LAPD Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera gets a few seconds to rest between rounds. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera continues his fight against Santa Fe Firefighter Manny Gallegos. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera is declared the winner by TKO in his charity fight against Santa Fe Firefighter Manny Gallegos Saturday night at Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

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