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Hero Down: Jersey City Police Officer Jose Vargas Dies Unexpectedly

Jersey City, NJ – Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) Officer Jose Vargas died unexpectedly on March 17.

The 35-year-old officer’s exact cause of death was not released.

Officer Vargas was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and later attended elementary and high school in New Jersey, according to his obituary.

He latter attended New Jersey City University.

“While making his parents proud through his educational success, Jose decided to dedicate his life not only to this City but to our country,” his obituary read.

Officer Vargas served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2005 until 2010.

He was promoted to sergeant while specializing in aircraft communications and navigation radar systems during his military career.

He later joined the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office in 2013, where he served until hiring on at the JCPD in 2016.

Officer Vargas’ family said the joy of his life was his son, Jayden.

“Jose always made sure to find time to dedicate to his parents who he loved very much and were always by his side,” his obituary read.

He also leaves behind his beloved aunts, uncles, godparents, friends, and extended family members.

“Although today can be a sad day where we mourn the life lost, we as a family ask that you remain strong and courageous,” Officer Vargas’ family wrote. “Life can be challenging but we must remain steadfast in seeking constant strength and staying close to our loved ones.”

A fundraiser established to help provide for the fallen officer’s son has raised over $5,500 so far.

Officer Vargas was laid to rest on March 24.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jersey City Police Department Officer Jose Vargas, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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