Reserve FHP officer killed while removing Michael debris

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB/WFLA) — A reserve officer with the Florida Highway Patrol was killed while removing debris on the Florida Panhandle, more than a week after Hurricane Michael hit the area.

Nick Rivera, who was also an employee of Gulf Coast State College, was killed just before sunset on Thursday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The agency released the following statement:

“It is with great sorrow that we report the passing of Retired Corporal Nick Rivera, who was currently serving as an active reserve member for the Florida Highway Patrol in Troop A. Nick passed away in an unfortunate accident at his home on Thursday, October 18, 2018.  Nick was known and loved by many, if not all far and wide.  He was a friend, and someone who served honorably and will be truly missed.  Please keep Nick’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this time of mourning. “

“He was the first person on the job and the last person to leave,” Gulf Coast State College President Dr. John Holdnak said. “He was extremely well regarded by his colleagues.”

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