Funeral today for NYPD Officer Jason Rivera, 22, killed while on duty in Harlem – CBS New York

New York (CBS New York) – New York City prepares to bid farewell NYPD Officer Jason Rivera, one Two officers were killed last week in the line of duty.

His funeral is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan.

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A convoy of buses was carrying members of the Suffolk County Police Department In town early Friday morning. Officers in full uniforms boarded buses in Brentwood.

Suffolk officer Angel Vera told CBS2 that he underwent training with Rivera.

“He was a great man, a great officer. Newly married, he always had a smile on his face, no matter what was happening, and what we were doing,” Vera said. “I am at a loss… I wish such a tragedy would not happen again.”

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thousands of people Thursday they gathered in the cathedral to wake him up. The 22-year-old was shot dead with his partner Officer Wilbert Morra, While Answering a call last Friday in Harlem.

Rivera’s sarcophagus was carefully carried to the cathedral at the sound of the somber bagpipe, followed by a scene that made a powerful statement. Tens of thousands of people showed up to show their support for his family and the NYPD, many of them strangers.

“It’s just so sad, heartbreaking. It’s good to see so many people coming out to pay their respects – fellow officers and ordinary citizens like me,” said Peggy Nugent, a downtown resident.

This feeling was shared by those of all ages.

He was a good officer for our city,” said Reggie Burnawan, of Rockaway, Queens.

People came from all different places. A police officer named Pierre made the flight from Holland.

“He tells me that people are behind the police,” he said.

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NYPD Officer Jason Rivera (Credit: NYPD)

The former basketball coach for Rivera was among those who stood behind his family.

“It’s such a shame that we lost a great young man who was making a comeback in the community,” said Evander Ford.

Deborah Ford added: “A broken heart, because we are losing so many of our young people – good guys who want to do something to help.”

Rivera joins the force to improve the relationship between the community and the police. To get ready for the academy, join the Dyckman Run Club, which has dedicated its weekly run to Rivera, the beloved member who has inspired those around him.

“Very assertive, ambitious, goal oriented, always with a smile on his face, always very positive,” said friend Cesar Baez. “That’s what we do, we honor it in a positive way that works.”

All this was taken from him when he was only twenty-two years old. He left behind a grieving widow, who shared her pain through a tribute on social media, and his family, who are now forced to bid their final goodbyes.

CBS2’s learned Rivera’s brother, his wife, and Mayor Eric Adams A memorial service will be given to the slain officer.

NYPD Officers, Jason Rivera, Wilbert Mora (Credit: CBS2)

After the funeral service, a procession will carry his coffin to Fern Cliff Cemetery in Hartsdale in Westchester County for private cremation. Along the way, first responders will be on standby to give the last salute.

If you want to pay your respects as the motorcade passes, there are several locations along I-87 in Yonkers and Ardsley, including MacLean Street, Clark Street, Yonkers Street, Midland Street, Palmer Street, and at E Massey Park.

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Officer Mora’s services will take place next week.

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