Two days ago, the Corpus Christi Police Department lost one of their own. After a battle with Lou Gehrig's disease, detective Albert Leal Junior passed away.
An officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department for 29 years, law enforcement was in his blood.
Leal's daughter, Audrie said "He was very proud to be an officer, proud of his work and proud of where he came from."
Albert Leal Junior was also a husband, father, boxer and church volunteer and even after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease back in October of 2016 Albert's kids say he never let the disease stop him from accomplishing anything.
Albert Leal, III said "He was going to school full-time, still working, still working out, still volunteering, still being a great husband, great father."
Working with the department for as long as he could, his children say the disease spread quickly over the last few weeks.
Audrie and Albert say they've had a lot of support lately and admit, they never realized their hero was a hero to many others as well.
The Leal family says they want to welcome the community to Albert's services. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2018 with Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. at Memory Gardens Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 9, 2018 at Christ the King Catholic Church. Interment will be private.