Fallen NYPD officer Jason Rivera given hero’s farewell at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
The solemn funeral ceremony for fallen NYPD officer Jason Rivera was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Friday morning.
22-year-old NYPD rookie Rivera was killed in the line of duty last week responding to domestic call.
Thousands of police officers flooded the streets outside the Cathedral in Manhattan. The city officials, Mayor Eric Adams, Gov. Kathy Hochul, Attorney General Letitia James and NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell also attended the ceremony that started at 9 a.m.
Seen way too many of these ... and I've never seen a sea of blue like this before ... Thousands of #NYPD officers pack streets for fallen NYPD cop Jason Rivera's farewell at St. Patrick’s Cathedral @paulmartinka shot says it all https://t.co/V4z1vyuHIy via @nypmetro pic.twitter.com/qdEuRQqNaY— NEIL SLOANE (@postsloane) January 28, 2022
Thousands flocked to the streets surrounding New York City’s famous St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Friday to say their final goodbyes to fallen #NYPD Officer #JasonRivera.— Michael Ruiz (@mikerreports) January 28, 2022
The ceremony is live-streamed for the rest of the public.
The New Yorkers also came to the church to honor and bid farewell the hero police officer.
“I just have to be here for him and his family,” Isaac Krinsky, 61, of the Lower East Side, told The Post. “He gave his life not just for me but for all New Yorkers. They put their lives on the line for all residents of the city and pay the ultimate price.”
A giant American flag hoisted above Fifth Avenue by @fdny for funeral procession for NYPD Officer Jason Rivera. ???????? ❤️???????? #nypd #fdny @fox5ny #saintpatrickscathedral #32precinct #police #hero #officerjasonrivera pic.twitter.com/6pLifTYlIk— Linda Schmidt (@LSchmidtFox5) January 28, 2022
After the funeral service, the body of the slain officer will be transported for private cremation ceremony at Ferncliff Cemetery in Westchester County.
Dominique Rivera, the young widow of 22-year-old Officer Jason Rivera, told another NYPD widow the story of their love, as she was busy planning his final tribute.— PIX11 News (@PIX11News) January 27, 2022
Dominique Rivera is the same age as her husband was — just 22 years old. pic.twitter.com/SWurrGo8rA
Thousands of mourners paid their respects during a public wake on Thursday when Rivera’s casket, wrapped in an NYPD flag, was escorted into the cathedral.
Snow falling gently as members of the @NYPD32Pct march up 5th Avenue toward @StPatsNYC, where their brother P.O. Jason Rivera rests. Thousands will follow soon. #FidelisAdMortem pic.twitter.com/ky8GVRuhiH— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) January 28, 2022
Our fallen @NYPDnews Officer Jason Rivera funeral today. On my way to Fox, honored/heartbroken to see memorial honor in Times Sq, prayers up for all NYPD and officers everywhere ???????????? pic.twitter.com/82omyrHYtO— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) January 28, 2022