Hero Down: Union City Police Detective Alex Ruperto Dies From Coronavirus
Union City, NJ – Union City Police Department (UCPD) Detective Alex Ruperto died on Thursday after contracting COVID-19.
The 52-year-old detective had recently been hospitalized due to the novel coronavirus, and was placed on a ventilator as his health progressively worsened, the Hudson County View reported.
"My heart is heavy today after learning of Alex's passing," Union City Mayor Brian Stack told WABC. "I have always known Alex to be a consummate professional who is competent and compassionate.”
“My thoughts and prayers are with Alex's family, friends and his fellow officers in the police department,” Stack continued. “I ask at this time that all residents of Union City keep Alex's family and the Union City Police Department in your thoughts and prayers."
Det. Ruperto joined the UCPD in 1999, and was one of the original members of the department’s Emergency Services Unit (ESU), the Hudson County View reported.
He was assigned to the training division at the time of his death.
“Alex was kind, patient, soft-spoken and genuine. My heart breaks for his family and his UCPD family, especially in ESU as they knew him best,” Union City Police Chief Nichelle Luster said in a statement.
Det. Ruperto leaves behind his children, Alex Jr. and Juliana.
Juliana is currently employed as a UCPD public safety telecommunicator, WABC reported.
“It is devastating that his family and co-workers could not be by his side when he passed,” Chief Luster told the Hudson County View. “Alex was a good person and an exceptional officer and I know we will all remember him fondly.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Union City Police Department Detective Alex Ruperto, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.