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New Jersey Officer Dies of Cardiac Arrest on Duty

September 16, 2014  | 

Officer Reinaldo Arocha Jr. (Photo: Newark PD)
Officer Reinaldo Arocha Jr. (Photo: Newark PD)

The Newark Police Department is mourning the death of a veteran officer whose heart stopped while on duty today.

Officer Reinaldo Arocha Jr., 47, went into cardiac arrest at around 7:15 a.m. while working his usual post in the Fourth Precinct, the department announced. He had spent his entire 23-year career as an officer in Newark, reports.

He was rushed to Rutgers/University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

In a statement, Police Director Eugene Venable called Arocha’s sudden death “deeply disheartening.”

“I join with police officers throughout the city to mourn the loss of our brother in blue. My thoughts and prayers are with the Arocha family including his wife and children. I urge us all to take pause as we remember our fallen brother,” he said.

Comments (3)

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Rick @ 9/16/2014 3:47 PM

Time for police unions to start paying for some AED's to be installed at police stations!

kevCopAz @ 9/16/2014 4:22 PM

I agree AED would be good for the LEOs and the public.
Brother I hope you rest in peace.

To my other Brothers and Sisters; I don't have to say the obvious do I? Please take care of yourself. YOU are the only one that can prevent (as much as possible) these types of deaths.

132&Bush @ 9/16/2014 6:38 PM

Departments need to get more serious about weight and health maintance for officers. Check out "Why we get fat" by Gary Taubes. There is a great program for officers I'll post it when I can look it up.

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