Community Rallies Around Officer Fighting For His Life Against COVID-19

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Glen Ridge Police Officer Charles "Rob" Roberts was rushed to the hospital after his heart stopped on Tuesday morning.

Glen Ridge, NJ – Law enforcement officers and residents from throughout the state gathered outside a local hospital on Wednesday to show their support for a veteran Glen Ridge police officer who is fighting for his life against COVID-19.

Glen Ridge Police Officer Charles “Rob” Roberts, 45, is such a staple in his community, he is unofficially known as “Mr. Glen Ridge,” the police department said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Officer Roberts tested positive for COVID-19 sometime prior to his heart abruptly stopping on Tuesday morning, according to the Glen Ridge Police Department (GRPD).

“Glen Ridge Officers responded to his aid and began life saving measures along with our Volunteer Ambulance Corps,” the department said. “They were able to successfully transport him to Mountainside Hospital where he is receiving treatment.”

Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Local 58 President Officer Joe Uliano said that the group of supporters, who were wearing masks and practicing social distancing, gathered out in the parking lot directly across from Officer Roberts’ hospital room window on Wednesday evening, NJ.com reported.

“We are hopeful that he heard our presence out here,” Officer Uliano said. “He’s fighting. He’s hanging in.”

Officer Uliano noted that as far as local residents are concerned, Officer Roberts “isn’t just a police officer,” NJ.com reported.

“Everybody knows him. He’s lived in Glen Ridge the entire time he’s worked here,” he said. “He truly is Mr. Glen Ridge. He’s the unofficial mayor.”

Officer Roberts, a married father of three, has also contributed to charitable groups, coached sports, and mentored the community’s youth.

“Rob is someone who would give money to people who didn’t have a ride or enough money to get a taxi to get home,” Officer Uliano told NJ.com. “That’s the kind of guy he is.”

He has served the GRPD since 2000, according to the Bergen Record.

Approximately one-third of the GRPD’s 23-member department is currently in quarantine due to the novel coronavirus, NJ.com reported.

Officer Uliano said he does not know how many of his fellow officers have tested positive.

“It’s scary for us,” he told NJ.com. “It’s an invisible virus and you never know who is going to be affected or what the outcome will be.”

Officer Roberts remained hospitalized Thursday morning, NJ.com reported.

“Please keep Officer Roberts as well as our other officers in your thoughts and prayers. We appreciate all of our residents for thinking of Rob and his family during this difficult time,” the GRPD said. “Please continue to take this pandemic and the virus very seriously as it continues to affect our community.”

As of Thursday, 95,865 New Jersey residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and 5,063 have died, according to Bing’s COVID-19 Tracker.

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chessie58
chessie58

Prayers for a full recovery.

ikaika
ikaika

And for all the rest of your department, too.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Officer Roberts, I’m praying for you brother and your family. Also praying for your community and your department. Stay safe and get well soon.

NFPD103
NFPD103

I offer a prayer O Lord our God, Who by a word alone did heal all diseases, Who did cure the kinswoman of Peter, You Who chastise with pity and heal according to Your goodness; Who are able to put aside every sickness and infirmity, do You Yourself, the same Lord, grant aid to Your servant officer Charles Roberts and cure him of every sickness of which he is grieved; and send down upon him Your great mercy, and if it be Your will, give to him health and complete recovery; for You are the Physician of our souls and bodies, and to You do we send up Glory: to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Both now and forever Amen

Copnurse
Copnurse

My prayers go out to the officer ..his family.. and his colleagues. Been witnessing Covid death amongst police officers which is concerning. Are departments providing enough PPE equipment and training to their departments? Are departments sanitizing equipment including vehicles being utilized for patrol? As I hear the chimes ringing overhead at my hospital indicating Covid discharges home and a decrease in new cases, many people are still sick and hospitalized with Covid. Do departments have enough medical experts onboard to investigate issues which need immediate remediation within their departments. This is not the flu. It is much more viscous and deadly. We need to continue to be vigilant in our battle. The war is not over yet...

Stanracer
Stanracer

Hoping for a full revovery.

Divadeb
Divadeb

Praying for a full recovery for this #Hero🇺🇸🗽😷🙏🙏💙❤Don't get me wrong I love what Doctors are Doing&the praises they're getting,but there are no lights,sirens,car parades in honor of our equally deserving #Heroes our Cops,Vets,Soldiers,Warehouse workers working hard fast&no raises,Mail Carriers dealing with shortages of staff.Cooks in Hospitals&Nursing homes that don't even get a thank you. Truck drivers making sure there's food&basics on store shelves. These are all the unsung #Heroes along with take out food&in store employees. I #Honor you&wish we could salute the #Heroes everyone seems to forget&thank. Thank you,thank you&you are truly #Heroes we are so proud of what you do every single day&pray you all stay healthy&get those raises you so deserve.🇺🇸🗽❤💙❤💙❤💙🙏🙏🙏🙏😷

Schick56
Schick56

🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

Meka69
Meka69

Prayers for a full recovery


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