NYPD honors slain detectives with tribute at Harlem precinct
The NYPD honored two fallen detectives on Friday by adding their names to the Wall of Heroes inside a precinct in Harlem.
Nearly 100 NYPD members and line of duty families stood outside the 32nd Precinct as the names and pictures of Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera were added to the building’s Wall Of Heroes memorial plaque.
“Today we honor the pledge we made to them that we will never forget who they were, how they lived and how they were stolen from us,” said NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell.
Mora and Rivera, both young rookie partners from the precinct, were gunned down in an ambush while responding to a domestic disturbance call on Jan. 21 in Harlem. Their precinct commander, Amir Yaktally, tells News 12 that their spirit will live on in the department.
“Jason and Wilbert will be there to watch over each of them, and find and inspire future officers for generations to come just as other members of the wall inspired Jason and Wilbert," he said.
During the dedication ceremony, families of the fallen were recognized by NYPD’s top brass. Rivera's widow, Dominque Rivera, reminded those in attendance to cherish one another.
“Although I was not ready for him to leave, I was always ready for him to stay in my heart,” she said. “Don't forget to tell your favorite people that you love them today.”
Rivera and Mora's name joined those of 25 other officers within the 32nd Precinct who have died in the line of duty.