Last month, the city of West Palm Beach recognized Delray Beach judge and Marine Corps veteran Luis Delgado as its Hometown Hero.
The city holds a military tribute annually during its 4th on Flager celebrations during the Fourth of July.
This year, inclement weather prevented the Hometown Hero award from being presented. Delgado will be recognized on Aug. 13 during a WPB commission meeting.
In 2000, Judge Delgado enlisted as a Private First Class in the USMC. He served in the Marines as a reservist while in college and received an honorable discharge after reaching the rank of sergeant.
In 2004, while enrolled in Law School, he answered the call to actively serve and was deployed to Iraq with the 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Motor Transportation and provided combat support for an area covering 16,000-square-kilometers of hostile territory.
Currently, he serves as a judge on the 15th Judicial Circuit, the Circuit Court for Palm Beach County, and presides over juvenile delinquency, juvenile dependency and unified family court matters in Delray Beach.
In conjunction with Inlet Grove High School, he presides over a diversion program designed to keep children out of the court system. In addition, he frequently visits elementary schools to discuss the court system with children. Prior to his current role, he was a criminal defense attorney, where he handled approximately 20 cases pro bono for indigent clients who needed representation, and before that, he was an Assistant State Attorney in Palm Beach County.
“I care deeply about my local community and truly appreciate this recognition,” said Judge Delgado, upon learning he was named the 2018 Hometown Hero. “I am incredibly honored to have served our country and am proud to be part of a community that commemorates the military, especially on a day that carries so much importance.”
Judge Delgado was born in Peru and at the age of 6 moved to Palm Beach County with his family. He graduated from John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres. In 2004, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Florida. In 2008, he graduated from the Fredric G. Levin College of Law.