Funeral underway for fallen BSO deputy
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Family and friends are saying a final farewell to a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy who lost his life while on his way to work.
The funeral for Deputy Daniel Rivera began at 11 a.m. Friday at the Calvary Chapel, located at 200 Copans Road and ended in a somber service at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
A viewing was held Thursday afternoon at the First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach. Most of his family live in the New York and New Jersey area and traveled down for the service. They said he loved fitness and his job at BSO, where he was a 10-year veteran of the force.
Speaking before the service, BSO Lt. Eric Overhultz offered fond memories of the deputy. "Danny was just an outstanding person in every way," he said, "always positive about his job, people he worked with. It was in his blood."
After the service, a slow-moving police procession took the deputy's casket to Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery at 1400 S. State Road 7 in North Lauderdale where the 21-gun salute, taps, a flyover and end-of-watch radio call took place at around 1 p.m.
Rivera succumbed to his injuries on Saturday after he had crashed his cruiser in Pompano Beach back on Sept. 11. Officials said Rivera was trying to exit the highway when he lost control and hit a tree.
He was just 32 years old and leaves behind a teenage son.
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