Final farewell for BSO deputy
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida community came together Friday morning to pay their final respects to a deputy who died after a tragic accident.
Thirty-two-year-old Daniel Rivera, a 10-year veteran of the Broward County Sheriff's Office, was laid to rest Friday. He passed away Saturday after he was injured in a horrific car crash Sept. 11, while on his way to work. Rivera somehow lost control of his car. His cruiser was left wrapped around a tree.
"My dad was the best dad ever; he was fun," said Damian Barrio, Rivera's 14-year-old. "He would take me everywhere, and we would have an amazing time."
Friday, family and colleagues gathered for a somber service at Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale. Hundreds of Rivera's colleagues were in attendance, which included a motorcycle procession across town, down Interstate 95 and through the streets of Fort Lauderdale before arriving at the church.
Rivera's casket was draped in an American flag. His family said Rivera grew up in New York knowing he wanted to become a police officer since he was a child. Rivera used to police the streets of his Brooklyn neighborhood.
"I don't know that many people would volunteer to walk the streets, East New York, Brooklyn, to keep the community safe, but that was the type of person that my nephew was," Nellie Capellan, Rivera's Aunt said.
During the ceremony, BSO Sheriff Scott Israel spoke, as well as Governor Rick Scott. Though the most powerful words came from Rivera's son. "He was not only my dad, he was like a best friend to me," Barrio said. "I love him so much, miss him so much. Like I said, he's in a better place right now, watching over all of us, protecting us and keeping us safe."
Rivera was buried at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery, in a private ceremony for family and colleagues. His family said the deputy will forever be missed. "You will not be forgotten," Capellan said. "Thank you for enriching my life and making our family so many beautiful memories. May God rest your soul, Danny. May you be cradled in God's arms until we meet again."
Rivera's Last Call, being declared out of service and a prayer, was broadcast over the radios earlier Friday: "The men and women of BSO request a moment of silence as we remember the life, service and sacrifice of Deputy Daniel Rivera. Deputy Daniel Rivera, may the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sunshine warm upon your face and the rain fall flat upon your heels. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hands. Rest in Peace now, brother. May you walk with me on heaven's streets. We'll keep your watch here. Deputy Daniel Rivera uniform 12278 is 10-7."
Rivera worked at the Pompano Branch of the Sheriff's office. He is survived by his son, fiancé and his mother and father.
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