Deputy who died days after crash honored
NEAR FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A deputy's fight for survival has taken a tragic turn more than a week after he was injured in a crash.
Deputy Daniel Rivera, 32, succumbed to his injuries Saturday night after losing control on Interstate 95 and crashing into a tree while on his way to work, on Sept. 11. "The roads were treacherous," said Broward Sheriff's Office Sheriff Scott Israel. "It was wet; it was raining."
Broward Sheriff's Office deputies put symbolic black bands on their cruisers and badges in honor of deputy Rivera.
Sunday, members of Church by the Glades paid tribute to Rivera, where he regularly attended mass. "He gave his life keeping the rest of us safe," said Church by the Glades Pastor David Hughes. "Anyone who puts his own self at risk for the rest of us, I think that's a worthy way to live your life."
The pastor said Rivera's family and church members prayed for Rivera during his 11 days in the hospital. "We live in a world that's very broken and very unfair," said Hughes. "When tragic moments happen, that's when we fall back on faith."
BSO said they are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Rivera's family is arranging his funeral. You can donate to Rivera's fund at: http://sheriffsfoundationofbroward.org.
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