Hero Down: 23 Year Old NYPD Officer Jake Siciliano Dies Just After Being Hired, Getting Engaged

Officer Siciliano died during his NYPD training, and had recently become engaged.

New York City - NYPD Police Officer Jake Siciliano died early Tuesday after a short battle with leukemia.

Officer Siciliano, 23, was a recruit with dreams of being a police officer, according to the NY Daily News.

He died at Mount Sinai Hospital, a month after he was admitted.

Officer Siciliano was diagnosed with leukemia just three months into his police training.

On Oct. 1, he became engaged to his long-time girlfriend Ashlee Ragusano.

“We had an amazing 3 years, 7 months, and 4 days together. You changed my life for the better, and I would not change a single thing,” Ragusano said.

“God needed an NYPD officer in heaven, baby. Do what you do best," she said.

Police officials said that Officer Siciliano was considered to be on duty, even after he was hospitalized.

On July 5, he was one of 524 recruits that were sworn in, one day after NYPD Police Officer Miosotis Familia was assassinated.

Officer Siciliano graduated from Lynbrook High School in 2012, and played lacrosse for Nassau Community College before joining the NYPD.

On July 5, he was one of 524 recruits that were sworn in, one day after NYPD Police Officer Miosotis Familia was assassinated.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with medical bills.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of NYPD Police Officer Jake Siciliano, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.

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