Staff Sergeant Jorge Oliveira, Of Newark, Killed In Afghanistan

NEWARK, N.J. (CBS 2) — A New Jersey man who risked his life day after day is being remembered for making the ultimate sacrifice. The Essex County Sheriff’s officer was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan.

Jorge Oliveira was expecting to come home next March. Instead, the 33-year-old staff sergeant with the New Jersey National Guard on his third tour of duty was killed on Wednesday. He was also an 11-year veteran at the Essex County Sheriff’s office, working the dangerous Fugitive Squad.

“He had a perfect attendance record, every year since he’s been here. Never took a sick day,” Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura told CBS 2’s John Slattery.

Oliveira was deployed in March with 58 other guardsmen. He had also served in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. Oliveira lived in the Ironbound section of Newark with his parents and his brother, where friends paid their condolences on Thursday.

“A nice boy, nice friends/family,” an emotional Connie Carredo said.

At a local restaurant, patrons who know the family shared the pain and mourned the loss.

“I know the daddy, the mommy,” family friend Reinro Silva said. “This is good people, good people. This is really good people.”

At the office where he worked, flags were lowered to half staff. The sheriff spoke to Oliveira when he last shipped out in March, knowing it was his third tour.

“I said ‘we don’t want to push our luck. You get back here quickly. And he said ‘boss please don’t worry, you know how much I love this job. I’ll be back here soon and I’ll get back to work as soon as I can,'” Fontoura said.

Staff Sergeant Oliveira is the 140th service member with ties to New Jersey to die in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Share your thoughts in the comments section…

  • Carlos C.

    Rest in Peace. May God Bless you and your Family.

  • jaime machado

    Jorge we grew up half a block from each other and went to school together i have not seen you since i moved from Darcy st to the jersey shore. you where always a good kid and where never in trouble like i was I’m am sadden to hear of your loose you will be missed by many. my prayers got out to your family and friends. and its true the good always die young. rest in peace my brother

  • Florida Gold Star Mother

    Staff Sergeant Jorge Oliviera… have now been deployed to guard the gates of Heaven…rest easy, Soldier, rest easy…you have earned the right.
    You are Valorous
    You are Victorious
    Honorable and Generous…

    You gave your life.

  • Lisa Prinzo-Spadavecchia

    I am the mother of a soldier, my heart goes out to your family SSG Oliveira. I hope the hole in their heart heals quickly, soon to be filled with pride and loving memories. I will pray for them to be strong as you were, and I’m proud that my son will be there at your service on Friday as part of your honor guard, honoring your life and memory. Thank you for your sacrific and God Bless you. Keep watch over your fellow soldiers.
    L. Spadavecchia

  • SGT P

    Thank you for everyday you gave for our safety and peace of mind. You are a true Hero..may God bless you and your famly during this difficult time. RIP

  • Erick Recinos

    SSG. Oliveira, i will miss you, thanks for your mentoring and friendship during our tour overseas. i are gone. but you will never be forgotten.

  • Lieut Dan's Aunt

    thank you for your service & sacrifice ssgt olivera. another real american hero taken from his family and friends far too soon. mission accomplished young man, rest in peace, and stand watch over the comrades you left behind. we mourn your loss.

  • Remy 2BN 113INF

    We will miss you O. rest in peace brother..

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