Police Officer Reinaldo Arocha, Jr.
Newark Police Department, New Jersey
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tour of Duty: 23 years
Badge Number: 86
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: September 16, 2014
Weapon Used: Person
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Anthony Campos
Newark Police Department
480 Clinton Avenue
Newark, NJ 07108
Phone: (973) 733-6000
Police Officer Reinaldo Arocha suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after he and another officers had to subdue an emotionally disturbed person who was being taken into custody.
He had returned to his patrol car to complete paperwork when a tow truck driver found him unresponsive near the intersection of North Munn Avenue and Mountainview Avenue at approximately 7:15 am. Responding units and a nurse performed CPR until he was transported to a local hospital. He was pronounced dead approximately 30 minutes later.
Officer Arocha had served with the Newark Police Department for 23 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
NEWARK — The city’s police department is mourning the death of a veteran officer whose heart stopped while on duty today.
Officer Reinaldo Arocha Jr., 47, went into cardiac arrest at around 7:15 a.m. while working his usual post in the Fourth Precinct, the department announced. He had spent his entire 23-year career as an officer in Newark.
He was rushed to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
In a statement, Police Director Eugene Venable called Arocha’s sudden death “deeply disheartening.”
“I join with police officers throughout the city to mourn the loss of our brother in blue. My thoughts and prayers are with the Arocha family including his wife and children. I urge us all to take pause as we remember our fallen brother,” he said.
James Stewart Jr., head of the city’s police union, said Arocha was well-known among the department’s rank and file, and had recently expressed a desire to get involved with the Police Unity Tour, an annual bicycle ride to Washington, D.C. that honors officers who died in the line of duty.
"He was loved by everybody," Stewart said.
The loss is the second for the city force in less than a month.
On Aug. 28, it announced the death of an 18-year veteran officer, characterizing it as “untimely.” No further information on the officer’s identity or the circumstances surrounding his death have been released.