Detective Roberto L. Rivera

Detective Roberto L. Rivera

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, January 27, 2007

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Roberto L. Rivera

Detective Roberto Rivera died of illnesses he contracted after inhaling toxic chemicals and materials while working hundreds of hours at Ground Zero, the site of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Detective Rivera had served with the New York City Police Department for 30 years and was assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, seventy-two officers from a total of eight local, state, and federal agencies were killed when terrorist hijackers working for the al Qaeda terrorist network, headed by Osama bin Laden, crashed four hijacked planes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

After the impact of the first plane into the World Trade Center's North Tower, putting the safety of others before their own, law enforcement officers along with fire and EMS personnel, rushed to the burning Twin Towers of the World Trade Center to aid the victims and lead them to safety. Due to their quick actions, it is estimated that over 25,000 people were saved.

As the evacuation continued, the South Tower unexpectedly collapsed as a result of the intense fire caused by the impact. The North Tower collapsed a short time later. Seventy-two law enforcement officers, 343 members of the New York City Fire Department, and over 2,800 civilians were killed at the World Trade Center site on 9/11.

A third hijacked plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania when the passengers attempted to re-take control of the plane. One law enforcement officer, who was a passenger on the plane, was killed in that crash.

The fourth hijacked plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, killing almost 200 military and civilian personnel. No law enforcement officers were killed at the Pentagon on 9/11.

The terrorist attacks resulted in the declaration of war against the Taliban regime, the illegal rulers of Afghanistan, and the al Qaeda terrorist network which also was based in Afghanistan.

On September 9th, 2005, all of the public safety officers killed on September 11th, 2001, were posthumously awarded the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor by President George W. Bush.

The contamination in the air at the World Trade Center site caused many rescue personnel to become extremely ill and eventually led to the death of several rescue workers.

On May 1st, 2011, members of the United States military conducted a raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden.

Please click here to visit the memorials of all of the law enforcement officers who have died as a result of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge 3393

Incident Details

  • Cause 9/11 related illness
  • Incident Date Tuesday, September 11, 2001
  • Weapon Aircraft; Passenger jet
  • Offender 19 suicide attackers

9/11, terrorism

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We were brothers who had our pay checks mixed with each others, Bobby was always and still in my heart as I find myself praying for his surviving familia. Bobby watched ny back and I watched his when we wroked togther in the 44th Pct., pre-JTTF days. I went to the DEATF, and he wanted me to join him, but alas God had other plans for each of us. Our mutual families were as always the most important part of our lives. Hence my prayers and love for his too. Though they may not know me, that's not important. What is relevant is Bobby's legendary efforts for his, brothers, sisters in blue our city, country and closest to his heart once again, familia. I can never nor want to ever forget you Bobby,
my hermano, my namesake, as he called me in our e-mails. I am blessed to have known and worked with him.

Detective 2nd Bruce L Rivera
Brother in arms, friend, namesake

April 24, 2023

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