People get to know their police officers in small towns like Harrison, where shock and sadness continued to spread with the news that one of its finest had suddenly died.
Officer Elizabeth Yasmin Delacruz succumbed at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood following a medical procedure elsewhere, said Maureen Curran Kleinman, the manager of communications and marketing for Valley Health System.
A graduate of Lincoln High School in Jersey City, and a graduate student in criminal justice at John Jay College in Manhattan, Delacruz served in the U.S. Marine Corps,
She was appointed to her department in late 2017 and received badge #980.
Delacruz began full-time patrol duties the following spring after 16 weeks of training at the Essex County Public Safety Academy in Cedar Grove.
A devoted mother to her young daughter, Delacruz "served her country and her community with pride and passion," the Harrison Police Department said in a statement. "Her bright smile and contagious laugh will be deeply missed.
"Rest in the sweetest peace, Officer Delacruz, and watch over us all."
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