Reporting Joan Murray
FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Family and friends attended the visitation for fallen Broward Sheriff’s deputy, Thursday, and prepared for his funeral Friday morning.
With his grieving family slowly following, an honor guard gently carried the flag draped coffin of Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Rivera down the steps of Pompano Beach’s First Baptist Church and then placed him in a waiting hearse.
The US honor flag from Ground Zero that is used to honor those killed in the line of duty was by his side.
The flag will be on display for Rivera’s funeral.
A motorcade led the procession back to the funeral home in preparation for Friday’s burial.
“It was really, really sad. You feel everyone will be missing him. They cried a lot,” said Dena Compere as she attended the service.
Rivera, 32, was on his way to work on September 11th when his patrol car veered off of Interstate 95 and crashed into a tree. He died Saturday night at Broward Health North Hospital.
“He was a fighter, he fought for ten days but died on September 21st that was another really bad day for us,” said Major John Hale with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
On Friday, at 11 a.m., there will be a funeral service for Rivera at the Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale at 2401 W. Cypress Creek Road.
Rivera worked for the Broward Sheriff’s Office for 10 years. He leaves behind a 10-year-old son and a fiancée.