Authorities identify N.J. captain found dead at firehouse from apparent overdose

A Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident involving Newark Captain Carlos A. Rivera and a retired FF, who was also found unresponsive but survived


UPDATE Jan. 18, 8 a.m. PT: Authorities have identified the deceased Newark captain as Carlos A. Rivera, 49, of Sayreville, reported Patch.com

UPDATE Jan. 16, 10 a.m. PT: NBC New York is reporting that the Newark captain died of an overdose, according to law enforcement sources, and that the retired firefighter's condition is non-life-threatening.

According to the law enforcement officials, the retired firefighter brought a controlled substance to the firehouse late Friday night. At shift change the next morning, a firefighter entered the captain's office and found the two men inside.

Authorities are investigating the death of a Newark fire captain who was discovered unresponsive at a city firehouse Saturday morning.
Authorities are investigating the death of a Newark fire captain who was discovered unresponsive at a city firehouse Saturday morning.

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Riley Yates
nj.com

NEWARK, N.J. — Authorities are investigating the death of a Newark fire captain who was discovered unresponsive at a city firehouse Saturday morning.

A second person, a retired firefighter, was also found unconscious at the Park Avenue firehouse, and remained hospitalized, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said Saturday in a news release.

Both were taken to University Hospital, where the captain was pronounced dead.

The preliminary investigation showed no signs of violence, and the cause and manner of death will be determined by an autopsy, the prosecutor’s office said.

The office released few other details, but said the investigation is being conducted by the office's Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force.

Katherine Carter, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office, declined further comment when reached by phone Saturday night.

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