may 26, 2013

City of Newark and the GI Go Fund Posthumously Honor Staff Sgt. Jorge Oliveira of Newark with a Street Dedication in Newark’s East Ward

Staff Sgt. Oliveira, an East Ward resident, was an Essex County Sheriff’s Officer for 11 years

NEWARK, NJ – East Ward Council Member Augusto Amador, members of the Newark Municipal Council, GI Go Fund Executive Director Jack Fanous, and other dignitaries gathered with dozens of friends and family to honor the sacrifice of National Guardsman Staff Sgt. Jorge Oliveira, who was killed in combat in Afghanistan, with a street dedication ceremony at the intersection of Niagara and Darcy Streets (68 Darcy Street) in Newark’s East Ward.

After the street dedication ceremony, a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony was held to honor all Newark residents who have made the ultimate sacrifice for America’s freedom. This ceremony will be held at Peter Francisco Park, at the intersection of Ferry Street and Edison Place, where Sgt. Oliveira’s name will be added to the plaque dedicated to all the Newark residents who have lost their lives in combat.

“This is a moment to show our immense love and appreciation to Staff Sgt. Oliveira and his family for what he has sacrificed for all of us,” said Jack Fanous. “He was beloved by all who knew him, and he will be forever in the hearts of all who met him. I can think of no better way of showing our love and support to the memory of a fallen soldier as great as Staff Sgt. Oliveira then by naming this street after him, so that all Newark residents, young and old, will pass by and remember his name.”

Staff Sgt. Oliveira, an East Ward resident, was an Essex County Sheriff’s Officer for 11 years, and was 33 years old at the time of his death. His unit was attacked by insurgents on October 18, 2011, and he suffered fatal wounds. In addition to his mother and father, he is survived by a younger brother and sister.

It is with a heavy heart that the GI Go Fund, the City of Newark, and every American honors the tremendous sacrifice that Staff Sgt. Jorge Oliveira has made for his community and his country, and on this Memorial Day, we all recognize that we are forever in debt to him and his family.