Celestino Rivera

Celestino Rivera was born in Lorain, Ohio in 1949. His father was one of the first 500 Puerto Rican workers recruited to work in US Steel. Rivera enlisted in the U.S. Army at age seventeen and served in Germany and Vietnam from 1966-1969. After leaving the service, he worked as a police officer in Lorain and served as Lorain’s Police Chief for man years. In his interview, Rivera discusses the challenges of his youth, his relationship with his family and community, and his work in law enforcement.  Rivera passed away on June 22, 2022.