The men and women of the Broward Sheriff Office are mourning the loss of a dedicated colleague, Deputy Daniel Rivera, according to BSO public information officer Dani Moschella on Monday. Rivera died Saturday night from injuries sustained in a car crash Sept 11 on Interstate 95 when his car left the roadway and hit a tree just before sunrise.
He leaves behind a 14-year-old son, Damian Luis Barrio, and many other grieving relatives, friends and coworkers.
Deputy Rivera, 32, started with the Broward Sheriff's Office in 2003. Having served in the agency’s Department of Detention until May 2012, he subsequently transferred to the Department of Law Enforcement.
At the time of his death, Rivera was a road patrol deputy in BSO’s Pompano Beach district.
“Our entire agency is feeling the loss of this young, brave deputy who was taken too soon from his family, friends and coworkers,” Broward Sheriff Scott Israel indicated in a prepared statement. “I am praying for Deputy Rivera’s family to find comfort and strength during this time.”
Deputy Rivera was a confident, hard-working deputy who loved fitness, dancing to Latin music, rooting for the New York Mets and being with his friends, family and his girlfriend. He was born in Brooklyn and attended the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan, John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan and Florida Atlantic University.
Rivera was an auxiliary police officer with the New York Police Department before moving to Florida at age 19. He attended Church by the Glades in Coral Springs.
To assist the family with unforeseen expenses, the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County has created the Deputy Daniel Rivera Fund. The Foundation is a 501c3, not-for-profit organization. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
Donations can be made online at http://sheriffsfoundationofbroward.org. Check’s can also be mailed to Sheriff’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.
Other survivors include his mother, Miriam Cuin, a captain with the New York City Department of Corrections; father, Antonio Cuin, a warden with the New York City Department of Corrections; sister, Jessica Ducos; brother, Carlos Ducos; grandparents, Moises and Maria Hernandez and girlfriend, Andrea Mendez.
Funeral arrangements are pending.