UPDATE: Glen Ridge Police Chief Sheila E. Byron-Lagattuta writes about the life and untimely death of Officer Charles “Rob” Roberts – a beloved and dedicated member of the department and community.
Glen Ridge lost its heart and soul Monday, with the passing of Officer Charles Roberts, due to complications from COVID-19. Roberts was 45.
Officer Roberts, a staple in the community unofficially known as Mr. Glen Ridge, was beloved for his wonderful smile and kindness, and will be profoundly missed.
His fellow officers stepped in to save his life in late April when his heart stopped, according to Glen Ridge Police Department.
Glen Ridge police and other community members then showed their love for Roberts when they rallied outside his hospital room. The Glen Ridge Police Department also partnered with the Zeuner Foundation to have Mets pitcher Steven Matz send a message to Roberts and his family.
On Monday, Roberts’ police brethren shared the sad news on Twitter:
We are heart broken to announce the passing of one of our members, Officer Charles Roberts of the Glen Ridge Police Department from COVID19. Please pray for his family and department. We are truly without words right now. pic.twitter.com/OavZjzbfgh
— BrothersBeforeOthers (@bboinc14) May 11, 2020
The Bloomfield Police Dept sends our deepest condolences to the Glen Ridge PD. We are saddened to hear that Police Officer Charles “Rob” Roberts has lost his long and valiant battle against COVID-19. Please keep Rob, his family and the Glen Ridge PD in your thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/Hk138xfkPs
— Bloomfield Division of Public Safety (@BlfdPublicSafe) May 11, 2020