MIAMI (CBSMiami) -Deputy Daniel Rivera, on September 11th, veered off I-95 on his way to work, wrapped his police cruiser around a tree, and ended up in the hospital with life –threatening injuries. While he remains in the hospital, his colleagues have set up a fund, the Deputy Daniel Rivera Fund, to help family with the unexpected expenses.
Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Daniel Rivera, 32, was heading to work in the southbound lanes of I-95 Wednesday around 6:15 a.m., when he lost control of his patrol car just south of Copans Road.
Rivera was transported to the hospital and underwent extensive surgery. He remains in the hospital in critical condition.
Rivera’s family few in from New York to join his colleagues and friends by his side to continue vigils and prayers in hopes that his condition improves.
Friends describe Rivera as a good man and dedicated officer who enjoyed working out and staying fit.
“Everybody at the gym is numb. We don’t know how to react,” said one of Rivera’s gym trainers Cham Pierre. “Daniel Rivera is a gentleman. He fits the definition of a martial artist, a very strong individual but super humble.”
The Deputy Daniel Rivera Fund was set up by a non-profit organization called the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward. It was set up in an effort to assist Rivera’s family with the unexpected expenses.
Donations, which are 100-percent tax deductible, can be made online at http://sheriffsfoundationofbroward.org. Also, checks can be mailed to Sherriff’s Foundation of Broward County, 2601 West Broward Boulevard, Suite 4001, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. Please indicate Deputy Daniel Rivera Fund in the memo line.
Deputy Rivera started working with BSO in 2003 as a detention deputy. He transferred to the Department of Law Enforcement in 2012. He is assigned to the Pompano Beach District and was on his way to work when the accident happened.