Union, NJ – Piscataway Township Police Officer Julia Caseres “passed away peacefully” on Friday, following a year-long battle with lung cancer, according to her department.
The 28-year-old officer went on medical leave in April of 2018, after she was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, NJ.com reported.
As a student athlete at Rutgers-Newark and New Jersey City University (NJCU), where she majored in criminal justice, Officer Caseres shattered both men’s and women’s scoring records.
In 2016, the aspiring officer graduated from the Essex County Police Academy, according to her obituary.
Soon thereafter, she joined the Piscataway Township Police Department (PTPD), where she served for three years prior to her tragic death, NJ.com reported.
“She deeply loved and was loved by her brothers and sisters in the police department, and her memory will be forever treasured by them,” her obituary read.
In December of 2018, dozens of her fellow officers drove for nearly an hour to surprise Officer Caseres by singing Christmas carols outside her home, according to News 12.
As the beaming officer stepped outside wearing a Christmas sweater, her colleagues whooped and cheered.
She even sang along with them at times.
“It’s a really nice present,” Officer Caseres said at the time. “It makes me feel very loved.”
“In the few short years Julia was with us she impacted so many,” the department said in a Facebook post on Saturday. “Her beautiful smile and bubbly personality will surely be missed. Rest in peace sister.”
Officer Caseres leaves behind her wife, Alexis, as well as her parents, siblings, and niece, according to her obituary.
She will be laid to rest on Wednesday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Piscataway Township Police Officer Julia Caseres, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.