April 19, 2020, we mourn the loss of NLPOA Member and Corrections Officer Sheila J. Rivera, Cook County Sheriff’s Office, IL, who passed from COVID-19 infection complications. Officer Rivera is the wife of Nolan Rivera, NLPOA Chicago Chapter President. Officer Rivera grew up in Tucker, Mississippi, a tiny hamlet on the Choctaw Indian Reservation where generations of her family had lived.
Officer Rivera’s first job in law enforcement was as a Choctaw Tribal Police Officer. Sheila left the department briefly after the birth of her son, Isaiah, to take a less-risky job as a social worker, but returned to the force. Shiela moved to Chicago where she married Nolan Rivera and became a Corrections Officers with the Cook County Sheriffs Office. Thank You Officer Sheila J. Rivera for your service to your Community and to the NLPOA and you will forever be remembered.