UPDATE: Funeral services set for Neri
The funeral for Sanibel police Officer Anthony Neri will be held on May 15 at noon at Saint John XXIII Catholic Church, at 13060 Palomino Lane, Fort Myers.
The public is welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, at 3883 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957.
ORIGINAL (May 7, 2019):
The city of Sanibel reported that police Officer Anthony Neri passed away of natural causes on May 6 at Health Park Hospital, where he was transported after he collapsed during a training exercise.
Neri began his career with the city in 2012 as a police aide. In 2015, he was promoted to police officer.
“We ask you to keep Officer Neri’s family, friends and our entire Sanibel Police Department in your prayers,” the city said in a prepared statement on May 6.
Prior to joining the department, Neri had a 30-year career as a revenue officer with the U.S. Department of Treasury. He also had worked three years as a police officer with the Union Township, New Jersey Police Department, and served as a lieutenant and EMT for the Callmen’s Emergency Unit in Union, New Jersey.
Neri earned his Bachelor of Arts from Kean University, New Jersey.
He also held a private pilot license.
Neri had earned the CPR certification as professional rescuer. He was a past recipient of the city’s Perfect Attendance Award. In 2017, Neri was elected by his peers to serve as their representative on the city of Sanibel’s Police Pension Board.
He is survived by his wife and two adult children, as well as his mother, sisters and extended family. Neri was preceded in death by his father, who was a Newark New Jersey police officer.