PERTH AMBOY -  City officials and police are mourning the loss of Patrolman Arcadio Rivera Jr., who died after suffering a medical emergency Wednesday that caused him to crash his personal vehicle while off-duty in the city's Harbortown section.

Authorities say Rivera, 54, a 26-year veteran cop, apparently lost control of his car at 7:30 pm Wednesday and hit several parked cars before crashing on the 300 block of Harbortown Boulevard.

Fellow officers, firefighters and EMTs removed Rivera, who was unconscious, from his car and began life-saving measures before Rivera reportedly went into cardiac arrest. He was transported to Hackensack Meridian–Raritan Bay Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

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“Please join us in thoughts and prayers at this difficult time for the Rivera family as well as the entire community,” said Mayor Helmin Caba, also the city’s public safety director.

Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez, who represents Perth Amboy in the 19th Legislative District, also offered condolences: “It is with a heavy heart that the City of Perth Amboy mourns the loss of Officer Arcadio Rivera," she said.

“I join our community in sending prayers to Officer Rivera’s family and friends during this difficult time. Officer Rivera’s legacy of commitment to protecting and serving the people of Perth Amboy will remain strong and serve as an inspiration to all current and future officers in this great city,” Lopez added.

The New Jersey State PBA tweeted: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and department of the officer we lost.”

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the accident and the county medical examiner's office will determine Rivera’s specific cause of death.

Rivera lived in Perth Amboy for more than 25 years and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He is survived by three adult sons, Arcadio Rivera III, Luis Armando Rivera and Angel Isaiah Rivera. Funeral arrangement have not been announced.


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