Slain NYPD officer informed college students at his highschool to ‘keep robust’ in 2017 video


Slain New York City police Officer Jason Rivera, 22, graduated from highschool simply 5 years earlier than a suspect’s bullet took his life on Friday.

In 2017, the 12 months he graduated from Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School in New York City, he made an inspirational video for youthful college students at the highschool, urging them to remain centered on their lessons.

“I want to motivate ya,” he mentioned within the video which the college shared on its Instagram web page this weekend, providing condolences to his household.

“Jason had a huge, warm smile and a personality to match,” the college’s put up mentioned. “Jason was an exemplary member of our school community, who embodied our core values and lived a life that was dedicated to improving our community. Thank you for your service and sacrifice Jason.”

Rivera mentioned within the video when he was a freshman he didn’t have anybody to encourage him.

“I want y’all to, like, hear me, hear my voice and to know you’re going to get through it,” he mentioned. “Ya gotta put in the work. Ya gotta put in 100 percent effort. And ya know what? If it takes some time after school, ya know, so be it, because you gotta do it. If you don’t do it you’re not gonna make it nowhere in life.”

“Stay strong,” he encouraged the scholars earlier than signing off.


NYPD officers mourns slain fellow officer Jason Rivera (inset).
(Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York/ NYPD)

Rivera, who joined the NYPD in 2020, died on Friday after he one other two different officers responded to a home dispute name in Harlem. Authorities say a suspect kicked open a bed room door on the finish of a slim hallway inside an condominium and opened fireplace on Rivera and associate Wilbert Mora, 27, who remained in essential situation Saturday night time.

The suspect, Lashawn McNeil, 47, was critically wounded by a 3rd officer as he tried to flee, in keeping with police.

Rivera wrote in a 2020 essay about why he determined to turn into an officer that he wished to enhance the connection between the neighborhood and police.

Lashawn McNeil is accused of fatally shooting Officer Jason Rivera and critically wounding Wilbert Mora.

Lashawn McNeil is accused of fatally capturing Officer Jason Rivera and critically wounding Wilbert Mora.

“Coming from an immigrant family, I will be the first to say that I am a member of the NYPD, the greatest police force in the world,” he wrote to the police academy, in keeping with the New York Post. He mentioned he grew up in Manhattan’s Inwood neighborhood the place neighborhood members usually don’t belief the police and an incident the place his brother was stopped and frisked when he was youthful additionally soured his view of New York’s Finest.

Officer Wilbert Mora remained in critical condition Saturday night after he was allegedly shot in the head by Lashawn McNeil Friday.

Officer Wilbert Mora remained in essential situation Saturday night time after he was allegedly shot within the head by Lashawn McNeil Friday.

But, he mentioned over time he noticed the division pushing to alter the way it interacted with the neighborhood.

“This was when I realized that I wanted to be a part of the men in blue: [to] better the relationship between the community and the police,” he wrote, including, “Something as small as helping a tourist with directions, or helping a couple resolve an issue will put a smile on someone’s face.”

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