Houston, TX – Houston Police Department (HPD) Senior Police Officer Benny Rivera died on June 12, following a battle with cancer.
Officer Rivera, 47, was diagnosed with a rare form of gallbladder cancer in February, KHOU reported.
“I had went to work that day, and I had a cramp under my right rib,” the officer told the news outlet in May.
The pain became so severe, the veteran officer was forced to leave work to go to the emergency room, he said.
After a series of tests, doctors provided him with a tragic diagnosis.
“Doctor came out and said, ‘I think you have cancer,’” Officer Rivera recalled.
He underwent chemotherapy, but it was not effective against his rare, aggressive Stage IV cancer, and the tumor was inoperable.
Doctors estimated he had between six and 12 months to live.
In May, Officer Rivera learned that the disease had spread to his stomach, pancreas, and liver.
He passed away on June 12, surrounded by his family, according to his obituary.
“Sad news this morning,” the Houston Police Officer’s Union (HPOU) tweeted on June 13. “Last night our brother HPD Officer Benny Rivera succumbed to his fight with cancer.”
“Please keep Benny and his family in your thoughts and prayers,” the union said. “Remember to hold your loved ones tight and cherish every day as a gift. RIP brother, we will never forget you.”
Officer Rivera, a U.S. Army veteran, joined the HPD on Mar. 19, 2007, according to a Houston Police Family Assistance Unit press release.
He served the Vice Division, Central Division, and the Southwest Division during the course of his career.
Officer Rivera’s cousin and uncle have also served with HPD.
He leaves behind his wife, Adrienne, as well as his three sons, two daughters, and one granddaughter, according to his obituary.
Officer Rivera is also survived by his father, brothers, goddaughter, and many friends and extended family members.
He was laid to rest on Wednesday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Houston Police Department Senior Police Officer Benny Rivera, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.