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Police identify mountain biker who fell to death as NJ firefighter

Posted at 3:35 PM, Jun 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-27 14:37:31-04

Rena Mason Rivera with her husband of nearly 25 years, Kerry James Rivera. Kerry Rivera fell to his death in Essex County, N.J. on June 26, 2017. (Facebook page of Rena Mason Rivera)

ESSEX COUNTY, N.J. — A New Jersey firefighter was identified Tuesday as the mountain biker who accidentally fell to his death, according to the Essex County Sheriff’s Office.

The body of Kerry Rivera, 49, was recovered at Mills Reservation in Cedar Grove and Montclair, N.J. at approximately 11:25 a.m. on Monday.

Rivera, who lived in Wayne, N.J., was a firefighter in Paterson. He served as a firefighter since 2003, according the Paterson Fire Department’s Facebook page.

The brothers were riding bikes by the Mills Reservation at Old Quarry Road around 9 a.m. when one lost control near the edge of the road and plummeted about 20 feet onto a rocky ledge, sheriff’s officials said.

No foul play is suspected in the incident, officials said.

A family friend is crowdfunding for the Rivera family’s expenses on GoFundMe. More than $4,000 of the $25,000 goal has been raised so far.