One step forward
Memorial Walk for NYPD Det. Jason Rivera
By Gregg McQueen
From shock to memory.
Two schools in upper Manhattan attended by NYPD Detective Jason Rivera and shaken by his death have planned a memorial walk to honor the fallen police officer.
Rivera, an Inwood resident, was killed along with his patrol partner Wilbert Mora on Jan. 21 while responding to a 911 call in Harlem.
Amistad Dual Language School and Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS), both of which Rivera attended, have teamed up to host a memorial walk on Saturday, March 12.
As Rivera was a graduate of both schools, the march route will symbolize his journey, organizers said. The march will begin at 1:00 p.m. in front of Amistad at 4862 Broadway and end at WHEELS, located on West 182nd Street between Audubon and Amsterdam Avenues.
The North Manhattan community was shattered by Rivera’s death.
“We were in shock for the days that followed, but we reserved spaces to mourn staff and students, and we held an alumni event that first week,” said WHEELS director Thomas Rochowicz. “So many alumni of many years have returned to honor Jason and his legacy.”
“Jason was loved and his life touched so many people, so I’m sure communities will come out to commemorate him,” Rochowicz said of the walk.
Rivera, who died at 22, served on the force for just over a year. He was stationed at the 32nd precinct in Harlem.
His funeral at St. Patrick’s Cathedral drew thousands of mourners, including a massive formation of police that stretched along Fifth Avenue from the front of the cathedral on 50th Street to at 34th Street.
During her eulogy, Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell announced that she had posthumously promoted Rivera to Detective Freshman, the highest detective rank in the NYPD.
Five police officers have been shot in New York City since January 1, as rates of gun violence continue to rise across the city.
“Gun violence is an issue that has been discussed more by our students, and dealings with the NYPD and our neighborhoods are a frequent discussion,” Rochowicz said.
“Jason’s life and dedication to service as a police officer, to the community, seeking to improve community relations, is a testament to what is possible, and I know our students see it.
The idea for a memorial march came from Amistad, Jason de Rivera’s elementary and secondary school, Rochowicz said. “It was a great collaboration between the two schools and the District 6 office,” he said.
Rivera graduated from WHEELS in 2017 and has been involved in many activities, including the basketball team and a student group that won a $5,000 philanthropic grant to help immigrants facing deportation.
“One of my fondest memories was watching Jason get involved as a mentor to young high school students,” Rochowicz said. He had a way of cultivating joy and pushing children toward a deeper purpose that was wonderful.
He added: “The outpouring of love and community that began that night [of his death] and didn’t stop is a testament to the impression he made on WHEELS and our wider school community.
The Jason Rivera Memorial Walk will take place on Saturday, March 12 starting at 1:00 p.m.
The walk will start at Amistad Dual Language School, 4862 Broadway and end at WHEELS, 511 West 182nd Street.
A step away
Caminata in memory of Jason Rivera
By Gregg McQueen
De la conmoción al recuerdo.
A par de escuelas del norte de Manhattan has asistió Jason Rivera, detective of the New York police, y que se vieron sacudidas por su muerte, han planeado una caminata commemorativa para honrar al agente de police caído.
Inwood resident Rivera was named joint with fellow patrulla Wilbert Mora the 21-year-old answered a 911 call in Harlem.
La Escuela Bilingüe Amistad y la Escuela de Aprendizaje Expedicionario de Washington Heights (WHEELS, por sus siglas en inglés), a las que asistió Rivera, se han unido para organizar una caminata commemorativa el sábado 12 de mars.
Como Rivera graduated from ambas escuelas, la ruta de la caminata simbolizará su viaje, dijeron los organizadores. The caminata arrives at 1:00 p.m. in front of Amistad, at 4862 Broadway, and ends at WHEELS, ubicada in calle 182 Oeste, between Avenidas Audubon and Ámsterdam.
The northern Manhattan community was destroyed by Rivera’s death.
“Estuvimos conmocionados Durante los días immediately posteriores, pero organizamos algunos algunos de luto para el personal y los estudiantes, y tuvimos un evento de ex alumnos esa primera semana”, dijo el director de WHEELS, Thomas Rochowicz. “Muchos ex alumnos de varios años volvieron para honrar a Jason y su legado”.
“Jason era muy querido y su vida tocó a muchas personas, por lo que confío en que las comunidades asistirán para commemorarle”, dijo Rochowicz on the caminata.
Rivera, quien murió a la edad de 22 años, estuvo en la fuerza policial por poco más de un año. Estuvo detached in comisaría 32 of Harlem.
The funeral at the Catedral de San Patricio took place a thousand miles away, including an enormous training of police officers that extended to the width of the Quinta avenida desde frente a la cathedral, in calle 50, near calle 34.
Durante su panegírico, the police commissioner Keechant Sewell announced that he had gone up to Rivera with the personage posted like detective of first grade, the rank of detective higher of the NYPD.
Desde el 1 de enero, cinco agents de police han sido tiroteados in la ciudad de Nueva York, mientras los índices de violence con armas de fuego siguen aumentando en toda la ciudad.
“La violencia de las armas is a theme that has been more discussed by our students; y las relations entre el NYPD y nos vecindarios son una discusión frecuente”, dijo Rochowicz.
“La vida de Jason y su dedication al servicio como official de policía, desde la comunidad, buscando mjorar las relations con la comunidad, est un testimonio de lo que es posible, y sé que nuestros ven eso estudiantes”.
The idea of a caminata conmemorativa vino de Amistad, the escuela primaria y secundaria by Jason de Rivera, dijo Rochowicz. “Fue una gran colaboración entre las dos escuelas y la oficina del Distrito 6”, dijo.
Rivera graduated from WHEELS in 2017 and has been involved in many activities, including baloncesto equipment and a group of students who received a $5,000 filantrópica grant to help immigrants facing deportation.
“Uno de mis recuerdos favorites fue ver a Jason participar como mentor de estudiantes de preparatoria más jóvenes”, dijo Rochowicz. Tenía una manera de cultivar la alegría e impulsar a los niños a un propósito más profundo que era hermosa”.
Ya añadió: “La avalancha de amor y comunidad que comenzó aquella noche [de su muerte] y no ha cesado, es a testimonio de la impression qu’ha dejado en WHEELS y en nuestra comunidad escolar en general.”
La caminata en memoria by Jason Rivera takes place on Saturday March 12 from 1:00 p.m.
The road will start at the Escuela Bilingüe Amistad, No. 4862 Broadway and will end at WHEELS, No. 511 on calle 182 oeste.