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Victim of Cliff Fall was Paterson Firefighter, Go Fund Me Page Established for Family


CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The man who was killed on Monday after falling from a cliff in Mills Reservation has been identified as Paterson firefighter and Wayne resident Kerry Rivera according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.  

Rivera, 50, was riding with his brother around 9 a.m. on Monday when he lost control of his mountain bike and fell approximately 20 feet down a rocky ledge.  His brother notified law enforcement and remained on the scene.  

According ot the Paterson Fire Department's Facebook page, Rivera had been a member of the Paterson Fire Department since 2003.

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Rivera leaves behind a wife and three children.  A family friend has established a Go Fund Me page to support the family:  

“To know him was to love him,” were the sentiments expressed by Kerry's teenage sweetheart and wife of 25 years, Rena Mason Rivera. "Our hearts break for the loss of a true hero to both his family and the community. A loving husband, devoted father, dedicated Paterson fireman, community servant and sports enthusiast, Kerry was the definition of a hero, in every sense of the word.

"Tragically, Kerry left this earth too soon on the morning of Monday, June 26, 2017, while bike riding with his brother. On behalf of the Rivera family and in an effort to defray the many expenses Rena will face for their family and their 3 beautiful children, Elijah, Ezra and Eden, we have established this fund. Any and all donations to the Rivera family would be extremely appreciated."

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