Hero Down: Union City Officer Ricardo Fernandez Dies

Union City Officer Ricardo Fernandez died Monday.

Union City Officer Ricardo Fernandez died Monday.

Officer Ricardo Fernandez Dies

Union City, NJ –  Veteran Union City Police Officer Ricardo Fernandez died suddenly on Monday night of medical complications.

According to police sources, Officer Ricardo Fernandez, age 48,  died while off-duty at his Hudson County home. Richard Molinari, Union City Police Department Police Chief, said that Union City PD Officer Fernandez grew up in Hoboken and later moved to Union City.  He was a 24-year veteran of the Union City Police Department.  He spent most of his law enforcement career in the department’s Motorcycle Unit on the night shift.

Photographs from the Union City PD’s Facebook page in memory of Officer Fernandez showed him proudly standing beside his UCPD Harley-Davidson motorcycle.  Chief Molinari said that he transferred Officer Fernandez to day shift at the Officer’s request so that he could spend more time with his wife, Lillian, and his two children, Marc Anthony and Isabella.  Chief Molinari also said that Officer Fernandez’s dedication to his job was evident, “Whether it was in the rain, the cold, at night, Ricky really had a passion for riding his motorcycle. He was one of the heart and souls of the motorcycle unit.”

No other details have been released about Officer Fernandez’s death.  Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.  In a statement from the Union City Police Department’s Facebook page on Tuesday November 27, 2016: “Last night the Union City Police Department lost one of our officers.  Police Officer Ricardo Fernandez was a Police Officer for 24 years. He was a kind, gentle and classy man. He treated everyone the same way, with kindness, empathy and respect. He was dedicated to his family, his friends, his brother and sister officers and to the people that he served. He came to work yesterday and no one knew that it would be his final day with us.”

We send our thoughts and prayers to Union City Police Department Officer Ricardo Fernandez’s wife Lillian, his children Marc Anthony and Isabella, and other family members, as well as his blue family.  Godspeed, Officer Fernandez  #267, we will take it from here.

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