Last Patrol

  • The Ultimate Sacrifice

    "Every day, New Jersey State Troopers put their lives on the line in the name of Honor, Duty and Fidelity. The New Jersey State Troopers take pride in their responsibility to uphold the laws of the state, and in their mandate to protect the safety of every New Jersey citizen. May the names of those valiant Troopers who have given their lives in the line of duty always remain in our memories as a reminder of the continuing commitment to the Code of Honor."

    From a plaque in the Hall of Honor
    New Jersey State Police Museum and Learning Center

  • Trooper William H. Marshall 1899-1923

    William H. Marshall was born on August 10, 1899 in Newark, NJ and resided in Belleville, Essex County. He graduated from the Parochial School of the St. Rose of Lima parish. Prior to enlisting in the New Jersey State Police, he was an armature winder working for the Westinghouse Electric Company and later the Edison Electric Company. On May 4, 1917 he volunteered with the 76th Field Artillery and was a veteran of the First World War during which he earned the Silver Star.

    He enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on September 1, 1921 as a member of the 1st Class and was assigned to Troop “B” Shrewsbury at the time of his death. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principals of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Marshall died as the result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident while in the performance of his duty on December 12, 1923.

    He served 2 years and 3 months with the New Jersey State Police. He was 23 years old.

  • Trooper Robert E. Coyle 1898-1924

    Robert E. Coyle was born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, on May 31, 1898. He attended St. Stephens' Grammar School in Philadelphia. In 1916 he enlisted in the United States Army, serving with the 108th Field Artillery during World War I. Prior to enlisting in the New Jersey State Police, Trooper Coyle worked as a chauffeur. He also served two years with the Pennsylvania State Police.

    He enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on April 1, 1924 as a member of the 8th State Police Class, and was assigned to the Troop "B" substation in Pluckemin. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Coyle's death was the result of gunshot wounds suffered while in the performance of duty.

    On December 18, 1924, at about 5:00 P.M., Troopers John Gregovesir and Robert Coyle were escorting an attempted payroll robbery suspect to the Pluckemin Substation for questioning. The two troopers sat in the front seat, leaving the suspect unattended in the back seat. While driving along the highway near Chimney Rock, adjacent to Bound Brook in Somerset County, the suspect suddenly shouted "Hands Up!" Trooper Coyle, who was riding in the passenger seat, turned and the man fired a blank directly into Coyle's face. The man then wrested Coyle's revolver from him and fired two shots into Trooper Coyle's back. Trooper Coyle died immediately.

    Trooper Coyle served 8 months with the New Jersey State Police. He was survived by his wife of less than one year. He was 26 years old.

  • Trooper Charles E. Ullrich 1900-1926

    Charles E. Ullrich was born on August 21, 1900 in Patterson, New Jersey and he resided in New Brunswick. He served in the United States Navy from 1919 to 1923 and achieved the rank of Boatswains Mate 2nd Class. Prior to enlisting in the New Jersey State Police he worked as a carpenter’s helper and rigger.

    He enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on September 1, 1923 as a member of the 7th Class and was stationed at Troop “B” Morristown at the time of his death. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Ullrich’s death was the result of gunshot wounds suffered while in the performance of duty.

    On February 17, 1926, Trooper Ullrich and Trooper Matthew McMannus were detailed to assist the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office to gather evidence on disorderly houses in Passaic County. While on an investigation of a house known as the French Hills Hotel, a notorious roadhouse outside of the city of Paterson, their identity became known to the operators. They were attacked and fired upon by the proprietor and his assistants. In the exchange of gunshots, Trooper Ullrich was killed and Trooper McMannus was wounded.

    Trooper Ullrich served 2 years and 5 months with the New Jersey State Police. He was survived by his wife. Trooper Ullrich was 26 years old.

  • Trooper Herman Gloor, Jr. 1899-1926

    Herman Gloor, Jr. was born in Haledon, New Jersey on May 3, 1899 and resided in that town his entire life. He received a Grammar School education at the Haledon Public School.

    Trooper Gloor enlisted in the United States Navy in February 1918, serving until October 1920. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police he worked as a chauffeur.

    Trooper Gloor joined the New Jersey State Police on April 1, 1924 as a member of the 8th State Police Class and was stationed at Troop "B" Platoon Headquarters in Freehold. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and energetic devotion to the high principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    The death of Trooper Gloor resulted from a motorcycle accident while in the performance of his duty on May 9, 1926.

    Trooper Gloor served 2 years and 1 month with the New Jersey State Police. He was 27 years old.

  • Trooper Walter Arrowsmith 1902-1926

    Walter Arrowsmith was born in Port Mercer, NJ, on August 7, 1902. A life-long resident of that Borough, he only received a Grammar School education.

    Prior to his enlistment in the New Jersey State Police, Trooper Arrowsmith worked as an auto mechanic. He was also in the ice business for himself.

    Trooper Arrowsmith enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on April 1, 1925 as a member of the 10th State Police Class. He was stationed at Troop "A", Malaga. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    The death of Trooper Arrowsmith resulted from a motorcycle accident while in the performance of his duties.

    At approximately 12:15 P.M. on August 2, 1926, Trooper Arrowsmith was on patrol on the Harding Highway, 3 miles east of Woodstown, New Jersey. A Studebaker Coupe made a wide-turn out of Richmond Road causing the collision. Trooper Arrowsmith was taken to the Salem Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries at 3:30 A.M. on August 5, 1926.

    Trooper Arrowsmith served 1 year and 4 months with the New Jersey State Police. He was survived by his parents and three brothers. He was 23 years old.

  • Trooper First Class Joseph A. Smith 1897-1927

    Joseph A. Smith was born in Passaic, New Jersey on August 30, 1897. He received a Grammar School education at St. Bridget's Parochial School in Jersey City, New Jersey. Trooper Smith worked as a clerk until he enlisted in the United States Army in December 1916. A veteran of World War I, he was discharged in June 1923. He resided in Trenton, New Jersey.

    Trooper First Class Smith enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on September 1, 1925 as a member of the 11 State Police Class and was assigned to “Headquarters Troop” at the Point Pleasant Substation. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    The death of Trooper First Class Smith was a result of an accident that occurred in the line of duty.

    On August 4, 1927, while on motorcycle patrol in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, Trooper Smith was struck by a truck, crushing his chest. He was taken to Point Pleasant Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    Trooper First Class Smith served 3 years and 11 months with the New Jersey State Police. He was 31 years old.

  • Trooper David Z. Ernst 1900-1927

    David Z. Ernst was born on February 7, 1900 in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. He resided in South Plainfield, Middlesex County, New Jersey. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police he was a railroad police officer.

    Trooper Ernst enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on September 1, 1926 as a member of the 13th Class. He was stationed at Troop “A” Berlin sub-station at the time of his death. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principals of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Ernst died as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in the line of duty.

    On August 3, 1927, Trooper Ernst was on motorcycle patrol when he suddenly suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and toppled from his motorcycle. He died in Cooper Hospital, Camden, the following day.

    Trooper Ernst served 1 year and 1 month with the New Jersey State Police. He was 26 years old.

  • Trooper Peter Gladys 1906-1928

    Peter Gladys was born on March 21, 1906, the son of Russian immigrants. He graduated from Netcong High School in 1926. His sole ambition while in high school was to become a New Jersey State Trooper. This ambition was met when he graduated the State Police Academy on June 16, 1928 as a member of the 17th State Police Class. Trooper Gladys resided in Stanhope, Sussex County and was assigned to Troop "C", Hightstown. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and energetic devotion to the high principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    The death of Trooper Gladys resulted from wounds received while in the performance of duty.

    On December 28, 1928, Trooper Gladys was detailed on patrol duty from his station at Hightstown. While transporting a suspect to a Justice of the Peace in Hightstown, Trooper Gladys was assaulted and his throat was slashed three times with a razor, killing him instantly. His body was left in his troop car until it was later discovered by a passing motorist.

    Trooper Peter Gladys served 6 months with the New Jersey State Police. He was 22 years old.

  • Trooper John Madden 1905-1929

    John Madden was born on October 9, 1905 in Sheradoah, Pennsylvania, moving to New Jersey in 1921. He was a graduate of Girard College in Philadelphia, PA. He was an accomplished athlete while in school and maintained his interest in athletics up to the time of his death. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, Trooper Madden worked as a carpenter. He resided in Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey.

    Trooper Madden enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on September 16, 1928 as a member of the 17th State Police Class. He was assigned to Troop "A", Deerfield. His service was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    The death of Trooper Madden resulted from injuries received while in the performance of duty.

    On March 1, 1929, Trooper Madden was detailed on motorcycle patrol from Deerfield Station in Cumberland County. While on patrol, he was in an accident that resulted in a fractured skull, fractured left arm, thigh and internal injuries. Trooper Madden was taken to the Bridgeton Hospital where he died at 5:30 P.M. on March 3, 1929.

    Trooper Madden served 9 months with the New Jersey State Police. He was 24 years old.

  • Sergeant John D. Divers 1894-1930

    John D. Divers was born on July 22, 1894 in Blairstown, New Jersey and he resided in Columbia, Warren County. He attended Blairstown High School, Blairstown Academy, Carnegie Institute of Technology and the New York Trade School. Prior to enlisting in the New Jersey State Police he worked as an electrician and a mechanic. Sergeant Divers was a veteran of the First World War, having served in the 308th Field Artillery Battery “F” from 1917 to 1919.

    Sergeant Divers enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on April 1, 1922 as a member of the 2nd Class. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principals of the New Jersey State Police.

    Sergeant Divers died from septicemia poisoning as a result of an infection contracted in the line of duty.

    On January 19, 1930, an open sore on Sergeant Divers’ finger came into contact with contaminated blood from a person he was arresting. An infection developed causing him to be hospitalized in mid-April and he died on May 2, 1930.

    Sergeant Divers served 8 years and 1 month with the New Jersey State Police.

    He was survived by his wife. Sergeant Divers was 35 years old.

  • Trooper Peter W. Ignatz 1908-1931

    Peter W. Ignatz was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey on October 17, 1908 and resided in Keasby, New Jersey. He received a Grammar School education at the Grammar School of Perth Amboy. Prior to his employment with the New Jersey State Police, Trooper Ignatz was employed by the Sarnoff-Irving Hat Company in Perth Amboy.

    Trooper Ignatz enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on July 1, 1930 as a member of the 22nd State Police Class. He was assigned to Troop "B", Morristown. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    The death of Trooper Ignatz resulted from injuries received while in the performance of duty.

    On March 4, 1931, Trooper Ignatz was returning to Troop "B" Headquarters in Morristown after having covered an accident call that he had been investigating. While travelling west along Mendham Road in Morris Township, Trooper Ignatz attempted to overtake a motor vehicle. While rounding a sharp turn in the road, his motorcycle and side car crashed into the left front end of a Federal truck. The impact threw him against the corner cab of the truck. His skull was fractured and he died instantly.

    Trooper Ignatz served 8 months with the New Jersey State Police. Trooper Ignatz was survived his mother and father. He was 23 years old.

  • Trooper Leonard P. McCandless 1908-1931

    Leonard P. McCandless was born in Cedarville, New Jersey, on July 24, 1908. He graduated from Bridgeton High School in 1926. For two and a half years prior to enlisting in the New Jersey State Police, Trooper McCandless was employed as a chauffeur for the John M. Bailey Package Company of Millville, New Jersey. He resided in Bridgeton, Cumberland County, New Jersey.

    Trooper McCandless enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on October 1, 1930 as a member of the 23rd State Police Class. He was assigned to the Toms River sub-station in Troop "C", Toms River. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    The death of Trooper McCandless resulted from injuries received in a motorcycle accident in the line of duty.

    At 4:15 P.M. on June 28, 1931, Trooper McCandless was travelling on Route 4 South in Berkeley Township on his motorcycle. As he attempted to pass slower moving traffic, he collided with a north-bound Ford Sedan. Suffering from shock due to multiple fractures of his left arm, head trauma and deep lacerations of his left leg, he was transported by ambulance to the Paul Kimball Hospital of Lakewood, New Jersey. Trooper McCandless died enroute to the hospital.

    Trooper McCandless served 9 months with the New Jersey State Police. He was survived by his parents, brother and four sisters. He was 23 years old.

  • Trooper Michael J. Beylon 1903-1932

    Michael J. Beylon was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 6, 1903. He attended St. Mary's School in Elizabeth. Prior to his enlistment in the New Jersey State Police, he was employed as a rigger with the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey. He was also a member of Company "B", 114th Infantry, New Jersey National Guard, from 1923 to 1926. He resided in Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey.

    Trooper Beylon enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on March 16, 1927 as a member of the 14th State Police Class and he was assigned to Troop "A" and later to Troop "B", Somerville. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    The death of Trooper Beylon resulted from injuries received in a motorcycle accident in the line of duty.

    On the evening of February 22, 1932, Trooper Beylon was riding along State Highway 29 in North Plainfield Township when he ran into a car that had stopped suddenly. He lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown into the center of the highway where he was struck by another car coming in the opposite direction. Trooper Beylon died almost immediately due to a fracture at the base of his skull.

    Trooper Beylon served 4 years and 11 months with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his parents, two brothers and four sisters. He was 24 years old.

  • Trooper John J. Ressler 1907-1932

    John J. Ressler was born on January 8, 1907 in New York City and later resided in Hillside, NJ. He attended Baybrook School in New York City and St. Benedicts’ School in Newark. Prior to enlisting in the New Jersey State Police he worked as a pipe fitter and truck driver/chauffeur.

    Trooper Ressler enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on October 1, 1929 as a member of the 21st Class and was assigned to the Teletype Bureau at Division Headquarters at the time of his death. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Ressler’s death resulted from injuries received in an automobile accident in the line of duty.

    On May 1, 1932 at approximately 12:40 pm, Trooper Ressler was driving north on Madison Avenue through Lakewood, New Jersey. He collided with a truck travelling east that ran through a stop sign on 4th Street. When Trooper Ressler’s car spun out of control, the driver side door flew open and he was thrown out against the curb and killed instantly from a broken neck and fractured skull.

    Trooper Ressler served 2 years and 7 months with the New Jersey State Police. He was survived by his parents and four brothers and five sisters. He was 25 years old.

  • Trooper James R. Herbert 1909-1932

    James R. Herbert was born in Belmar, New Jersey on September 1, 1909. He attended Asbury Park High School and graduated in 1927. He resided in South Belmar, Monmouth County, New Jersey.

    Trooper Herbert enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on April 16, 1931 as a member of the 24th State Police Class and was assigned to Troop "B", Pompton Lakes. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    The death of Trooper Herbert resulted from injuries received in a motorcycle accident in the line of duty.

    Trooper Herbert was returning to his sub-station at Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, on July 9, 1932. Approximately 4 miles from his sub-station on the Hamburg Turnpike, an International Motor Truck, carrying children from 8 to 12 years of age to a local day-camp, was stopped in the extreme right lane at a slight angle awaiting a chance to make a left turn. Trooper Herbert attempted to pass this truck and he lost control of his motorcycle and swerved across the highway, striking a Willys Knight Sedan that was travelling in the opposite direction.

    Trooper Herbert's motorcycle then struck a curb, throwing him clear of the motorcycle and down a slight embankment. His head struck a large stone, fracturing the base of his skull and breaking his neck. Trooper Herbert died instantly.

    Trooper Herbert served 1 year and 3 months with the New Jersey State Police. He was survived by his parents and two brothers. He was 24 years old.

  • Trooper James Scotland 1897-1935

    James "Scottie" Scotland was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on August 7, 1897, moving to New Jersey in 1908. He received a Grammar School education at the 15th Avenue School in Newark, New Jersey. Before entering the New Jersey State Police, he spent 15 years touring the country as an aerial gymnast in the Wilson-Aubrey Trio Vaudeville act. During World War I, he served with the United States Coast Artillery from October 1918 to February 1919, receiving the rank of Bugler First Class. He resided in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey.

    Trooper Scotland enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on April 16, 1931 as a member of the 24th State Police Class and was assigned to Troop "C", Columbus. His service with the Department was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty, and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Scotland met his death as a result of an automobile accident while in the performance of his duty.

    On February 16, 1935, Troopers Scotland and George Wustefeld were riding in a Troop Car through fog. The Troop Car met another car in a head-on collision. He died three days later from injuries received in the accident.

    Trooper Scotland served 3 years and 10 months with the New Jersey State Police. Trooper Scotland was survived by his wife. He was 37 years old.

  • Trooper Warren G. Yenser 1907-1935

    Warren G. Yenser was born in Lyons, Pennsylvania on October 1, 1907, moving to New Jersey in 1921. He graduated from Neptune, New Jersey High School in 1925 and was a member of its first team in baseball winning his letter. Although his parents returned to Pennsylvania, he remained in New Jersey, moving to Elizabeth after graduation from High School. He resided in Ewing Township, Mercer County, New Jersey.

    Before entering the New Jersey State Police, Trooper Yenser was employed by Clarence Hudson & Co. Brokers on Wall Street in New York City. He was presented with a medal in July 1929 as the winner of the A.A.A. campaign of Master Bank Stock Salesmen.

    Trooper Yenser enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on April 16, 1931 as a member of the 24th State Police Class, and was assigned to Troop "C", Penns Neck. His service with the Department was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty, and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Yenser's death was the result of gunshot wounds suffered while in the performance of duty.

    On November 9, 1935, at approximately 4:45 A.M., Trooper Yenser was accompanied on patrol by Trooper J.J. Matey. They were in pursuit of a stolen Chevrolet Coup that was proceeding north on State Highway 26 near Sand Hill, New Jersey. The chase lead to State Highway 25 near Metuchen Avenue in Woodbridge Township, Middlesex County. While attempting to stop the car, Trooper Yenser was shot and instantly killed.

    The shot causing the death of Trooper Yenser was fired from a shotgun. It was in the possession of one of the occupants of the stolen car, who broke the rear glass window of the coupe to fire through. Trooper Yenser received the full discharge of this shot in his face, head and throat.

    Trooper Yenser served 4 years and 6 months with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his wife. He was 28 years old.

  • Trooper Joseph Perry 1900-1937

    Joseph Perry was born in Larchmont, New York on January 18, 1900 , moving to New Jersey in 1927. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, he was a soldier by profession, serving in the United States Army, 16th Infantry, from 1917 to 1929. He resided in Vineland, Cumberland County, New Jersey.

    Trooper Perry enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on July 1, 1929 as a member of the 20th State Police Class and was assigned to Troop "A", Malaga. His service with the Department was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful, energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Perry's death was the result of injuries received in a motorcycle accident in the line of duty.

    At 10:00 A.M. on June 7, 1937, Trooper Perry was on motorcycle patrol on the Elmer-Centerton Road at Centerton, Salem County. He was heading south toward Bridgeton when he was struck by a Model "T" Ford Sedan that came out of a private driveway, tossing Trooper Perry about 5 yards.

    Trooper Perry suffered a compound fracture of both bones in his right leg, just below the knee, and deep lacerations of his calf and thigh. He was immediately taken to Newcomb Hospital in Vineland. However, his injuries developed a "gas bacillus" infection and Trooper Perry died on June 9, 1937 at 3:50 A.M.

    Trooper Perry served 7 years and 11 months with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his wife and daughter. He was 37 years old.

  • Trooper Matthew McManus 1895-1938

    Matthew McMannus was born on May 3, 1895 in Newark, New Jersey and resided in Morristown. He graduated from St. James High School in Newark. Prior to enlisting in the New Jersey State Police, he worked as a mechanic and a pipe-fitter. From September 1917 to April 1918, he served in the United States Army First Air Service Regiment.

    He enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on April 1, 1922 as a member of the 2nd Class and was stationed at Troop “B”, Netcong at the time of his death. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principals of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper McManus died as the result of injuries received in a motorcycle accident in the line of duty.

    He returned to duty in 1923, but was frequently hospitalized due to the injuries he had received. On April 1, 1927 he was placed on a Disablilty Pension. On February 28, 1938, Trooper McManus died.

    He served 5 years with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his wife and two children – a daughter aged 12 and a 5 year old son. Trooper McManus was 43 years old.

  • Trooper Vincent Vosbein 1913-1938

    Vincent Vosbein was born in Manahawken, New Jersey on June 8, 1913. He attended Grammar School at Manahawken, New Jersey and attended High School at Jersey City and Summit, New Jersey. He was a graduate of Dickinson A.E. High School in Jersey City, New Jersey. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, he served with the 107th Infantry, New York National Guard, from May 1935 to June 1937. He resided in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey.

    Trooper Vosbein enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on June 1, 1937 as a member of the 26th State Police Class. He was assigned to Troop "B", Somerville. His service with the Department was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty, and faithful, energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Vosbein's death was the result of injuries he received in a motorcycle accident in the line of duty.

    At 6:00 P.M. on June 17, 1938, Trooper Vosbein was on motorcycle patrol along Route 31 in Raritan, New Jersey. As he approached the intersection of Frelinghuysen Avenue, a light truck made a left-hand turn across the path of his motorcycle. Trooper Vosbein ran into the rear side of the truck, hurtling his motorcycle into the air. Trooper Vosbein landed on his head on the concrete pavement. He was taken to the hospital where he died on June 19, 1938 as a result of his injuries.

    Trooper Vosbein served 1 year with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his parents and two sisters. He was 25 years old.

  • Trooper Walter B. Otte 1908-1940

    Walter Otte was born in Union City, New Jersey on June 7, 1908. He graduated from Emerson High School in Union City and attended Hobart College of Geneva, New York for two years. Before joining the New Jersey State Police, he was employed as a Trade Broker on Wall Street in New York City. He resided in Secaucus, Hudson County, New Jersey.

    Trooper Otte enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on August 15, 1938 as a member of the 27th State Police Class. His service with the Department was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Otte died as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident while in the performance of his duty.

    At approximately 11:40 or 11:45 A.M. on January 24, 1940, Trooper Otte was on motorcycle patrol on Great Meadows-Hope Road at Jenny Jump Mountain, in Hope Township, Warren County, New Jersey. The accident occurred while he was travelling on a downgrade and curve in the direction of the town of Hope. The cycle struck the abutment of a drainage ditch along the side of the road. The rear part of the motorcycle landed on the slope of the hill and the front wheel remained in the ditch at the abutment. Trooper Otte was thrown approximately 6 feet from the abutment. The entire right side of his face was severely bruised with brush burns and a few lacerations. He was found lying near his cycle, unconscious.

    Trooper Otte was taken to Newton Hospital and he was admitted at 1:15 P.M.. He was found to be suffering from a severe fracture at the base of his skull. Trooper Otte never regained consciousness and he died at 2:25 P.M.

    Trooper Otte served 1 year and 5 months with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his wife. He was 32 years old.

  • Trooper John I. Gregerson 1912-1941

    John I. Gregerson was born on July 15, 1912 in Trenton, New Jersey. A graduate of Trenton High School in 1932, he was an avid basketball fan and a member of the Mercer Council Boy Scouts of America, Troop No. 15. Since the age of 14, Trooper Gregerson was interested in aviation and he took his first solo flight at the Mercer Airport in West Trenton, New Jersey. He resided in Ewing Township, Mercer County, New Jersey.

    Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, Trooper Gregerson was a milkman for the Oakland Dairy in West Trenton and a salesman for the Brenfleck Coal Company of Trenton, New Jersey.

    Trooper Gregerson enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on August 15, 1938 as a member of the 27th State Police Class. He was assigned to Troop "C". His service with the Department was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    On November 4, 1940, Trooper Gregerson was placed on Detached Service with the Commissioner of Aviation. It was while on this special assignment that Trooper Gregerson met his death in an airplane accident.

    On April 16, 1941, between 6:45 and 7:00 P.M., Trooper Gregerson was piloting a plane at Mercer Airport. While taking off and at an altitude of about 300 feet, it appeared that the motor stalled and the plane nose dived to the ground, out of control, crashing into a wooded section. Trooper Gregerson received compound fractures of both ankles, severed a tendon in an arm, internal injuries and a battered head. He was admitted to Mercer Hospital in Trenton. Twelve days later, on April 28, 1941, Trooper Gregerson died from his injuries.

    Trooper Gregerson served 2 years and 8 months with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his parents and a brother. He was 28 years old.

  • Trooper William J. Doolan 1913-1944

    William J. Doolan was born on September 3, 1913 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He attended Bayonne High School and attended Drake’s Business College for one year. Before joining the New Jersey State Police, he worked as a salvage worker in Bayonne. He was also a member of the New Jersey National Guard.

    Trooper Doolan enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on July 15, 1942 as a member of the 31st Class. He was stationed at Troop “B” Ramsey at the time of his death. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Doolan died as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in the line of duty.

    On October 21, 1944, Trooper Doolan was pulling out of a roadside fruit stand and was crossing Route 17 in Lodi, New Jersey, from west to east in order to proceed north on Route 17. He was struck on the right side by a northbound sedan.

    Trooper Doolan suffered from a fractured skull and severe internal injuries. He was taken to Hackensack Hospital where he died on October 23, 1944.

    He served 2 years and 3 months with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his wife and parents. He was 31 years old.

  • Trooper Francis R. O’Brien 1909-1944

    Francis R. O’Brien was born on February 6, 1909 in Nutley, New Jersey and he lived in Spring Lake and Essex, New Jersey. He attended the Norwood Military Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to enlisting in the New Jersey State Police, he worked part-time as a private chauffeur.

    Trooper O’Brien enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on April 16, 1931 as a member of the 24th Class and was stationed at Troop “A”, Port Norris. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper O’Brien died as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty.

    On August 6, 1935, Trooper O’Brien responded to a house fire on the Bridgeton Pike in Millville to assist the fire department. When he arrived, he was advised that a 13-month old baby was still in the burning building on the second floor. He immediately took off his gun belt and had the firemen soak his uniform with water. He then entered the second floor window from the porch roof and rescued the child from a crib. Sadly, the child was dead. Trooper O’Brien received the Department Merit Award for Outstanding Bravery.

    Trooper O’Brien suffered from smoke inhalation which later turned into Tuberculosis. He was granted a medical discharge on May 1, 1941. On November 27, 1944 he died from a hemorrhage caused by his lung infection.

    Trooper O’Brien served 10 years and 1 month with the New Jersey State Police. He was 35 years old.

  • Sergeant Cornelius A. O'Donnell 1902-1945

    Cornelius A. O'Donnell was born in Bayonne, New Jersey on August 8, 1902, later moving to Washington, New Jersey. He attended Grammar School at St. Mary's Parochial School in Bayonne. Prior to enlisting in the New Jersey State Police he was employed as a carpenter for the City of Bayonne. He resided in Washington Boro, Warren County, New Jersey.

    Sergeant O'Donnell enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on March 15, 1928 as a member of the 16th State Police Class. He was assigned to Troop "B" at Morristown Headquarters and later the Washington Station. His service with the Department was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Sergeant O'Donnell's death was the result of gunshot wounds suffered while in the line of duty.

    On July 16, 1945, Sergeant O'Donnell and Trooper Fred Perry were escorting, on foot, a prisoner across a railroad bridge from Pennsylvania back into New Jersey. He had fled to Pennsylvania after committing a murder in New Jersey. He agreed to return to New Jersey where the Troopers could then arrest him. Sergeant O'Donnell led the entourage, followed by the prisoner, with Trooper Perry bringing up the rear. As the approached the midpoint of the bridge, the prisoner ran to the railing, attempting to jump into the river. Sergeant O'Donnell turned and wrapped his arms around him and they wrestled briefly. The prisoner managed to pull the revolver from the sergeant's holster and fired two bullets into O'Donnell's stomach. He was taken to the Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg where he died a few hours later.

    Sergeant O'Donnell served 17 years and 4 months with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his wife. He was 42 years old.

  • Trooper Charles Kopf 1925-1948

    Charles Kopf was born in Egg Harbor, New Jersey on May 23, 1925 and graduated from Egg Harbor High School. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, he was employed by the New Jersey Tobacco Company of Atlantic City, New Jersey. He resided in Egg Harbor, Atlantic County, New Jersey.

    Trooper Kopf enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on September 16, 1947 as a member of the 34th State Police Class and was stationed in Troop "B" and later at Troop “C” Columbus. His service with the Department was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Kopf died as a result of injuries suffered in an auto accident in the performance of duty.

    At 8:15 A.M. on September 27, 1948, Trooper Kopf was investigating an accident at the intersection of Route 25 and Crosswicks Street in Hamilton Township, New Jersey. His troop car collided with a Fruehauf tractor-trailer and Trooper Kopf was thrown out of his car into the highway. Trooper Kopf died at the scene from a fractured skull and massive hemorrhaging.

    Trooper Kopf served 9 months with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his wife of 4 months. He was 28 years old.

  • Trooper Walter R. Gawryla 1919-1950

    Walter R. Gawryla was born in Passaic, New Jersey on August 20, 1919. He later resided in Somerville, New Jersey. He graduated High School from the Lincoln High School No. 6 in Garfield, New Jersey. Before entering the Division of State Police, Trooper Gawryla was employed as a machine mechanic. He resided in Somerville, Somerset County, New Jersey.

    Trooper Gawryla enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on September 16, 1947 as a member of the 34th State Police Class and he was stationed in Troop "B", Flemington. His service to the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Gawryla died as a result of a motorcycle accident in the line of duty.

    At 1:30 P.M. on April 19, 1950, Trooper Gawryla was on motorcycle patrol on State Highway 30 North, passing the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue in Raritan Township, Hunterdon County. A 1949 Chevrolet Sedan, travelling east on Pennsylvania Avenue Extension attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Route 30 North when the front of Trooper Gawryla's motorcycle collided with the left rear of the car. Trooper Gawryla was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Trenton where he died from a fractured skull injury on April 21st.

    Trooper Gawryla served 2 years and 4 months with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his wife. He was 31 years old.

  • Trooper Emil J. Bock 1926-1951

    Emil J. Bock was born in Bayonne, New Jersey on October 25, 1926. He attended the public schools of Bayonne and Union College. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police he was an electronics instructor. He was also a veteran of World War II. Trooper Bock resided in Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey.

    Trooper Bock enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on September 17, 1950 as a member of the 38th Class. He was assigned to Troop "A", Berlin. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police. On April 20, 1951, in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the New Jersey State Police of the time, Trooper Bock submitted an official request for permission to be married on June 23, 1951.

    Trooper Bock died on May 26, 1951 as a result of motorcycle accident.

    At 6:00 P.M. on May 26, 1951, Trooper Bock was on motorcycle patrol on Route 41 South, two miles north of Berlin in Berlin Township, Camden County. His motorcycle struck the rear of a motor vehicle that had made a left turn through an island opening directly in front of him.

    Trooper Bock was thrown from the motorcycle and sustained a fractured left leg, fractured left wrist and left ribs; fractured jaw and possible fractured skull. He was taken to the Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, where he passed away at 10:25 P.M.

    Trooper Bock served 6 months with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his parents, two sisters, a brother and his fiancée. He was 25 years old.

  • Trooper Stanley A. Conn, Jr. 1926-1951

    Stanley A. Conn, Jr. was born on August 6, 1926 in Netcong, New Jersey. He later resided in Budd Lake, Passaic County. He attended Netcong High School. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, Trooper Conn served in the United States Navy.

    Trooper Conn enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on April 15, 1950 as a member of the 37th Class. He was assigned to Troop “B”, Pompton Lakes, at the time of his death. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principals of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Conn died in a motorcycle accident in the line of duty.

    Trooper Conn served 1 year and 1 month with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his wife and two children; a son and a 4 month old daughter. Trooper Conn was 25 years old.

  • Trooper Joseph D. Wirth, Jr. 1926-1951

    Joseph D. Wirth, Jr was born on June 8, 1926 in Bayonne, New Jersey where he resided his entire life. He attended Bayonne Technical High School. He was a veteran of the Second World War, serving in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946.

    Trooper Wirth enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on August 29, 1949 as a member of the 36th Class and was detached to the Turnpike (“Region B”) at the time of his death. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Wirth’s death resulted from injuries received in an automobile accident in the line of duty.

    On November 25, 1951 at 3:50 am, a 1949 Buick sedan collided with the car driven by Trooper Wirth at 35th and Boulevard in Bayonne. He was taken to Bayonne Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival from a fractured skull.

    Trooper Wirth served 2 years and 4 months with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his wife and parents. Trooper Wirth was 25 years old.

  • Trooper Joseph C. Walter, Jr. 1912-1952

    Joseph C. Walter, Jr was born on May 25, 1912 in Newark, New Jersey. He attended St. Benedict's Prep School in Newark, New Jersey. While attending St. Benedicts, he was a star athlete, captain of the school football team in 1930 and All State End for that year. He also starred in track and as a catcher in baseball.

    Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, Trooper Walter was employed as a plant foreman for the Fupot Company of Grasselli, New Jersey. He resided in Augusta, Sussex County.

    Trooper Walter enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on August 15, 1938 as a member of the 27th Class and was stationed at Troop "B", Sussex. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Walter died as a result of injuries sustained in a jeep accident in the line of duty.

    During a rainstorm on August 12, 1952, Troop Walter and Trooper Anthony Ciramella were riding in a State Police 1944 Willys Jeep. As Trooper Ciramella was driving the jeep north along Route 23 in Hardystown Township, Sussex County, the jeep ran off the right-hand side of the road and along an embankment for a distance of 78 feet. It then swerved to the left and rolled over at least once into the path of a southbound 1942 Pontiac Sedan.

    Trooper Walter was taken to Alexander Linn Hospital in Sussex County. He suffered a dislocated left sacroiliac joint, a fracture of the 12th thoracic vertebra, a fractured pelvis and multiple abrasions and contusions. Trooper Walter spent 26 days in a traction bed and fracture sling. On September 7, 1952 at about 2:45 P.M., he died from a pulmonary embolism that resulted from his injuries.

    Trooper Walter served 14 years and 1 month with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his wife and three daughters, ages 2, 7 and 9. He was 40 years old.

  • Sergeant Frank A. Trainor 1913-1953

    Frank A. Trainor was born on July 14, 1913 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and he resided in Mays Landing, New Jersey. He attended Grammar School in Pleasantville and Atlantic City, New Jersey. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, Sergeant Trainor was a truck dispatcher.

    Sergeant Trainor enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on August 15, 1938 as a member of the 27th State Police Class. He was assigned to Troop "D", New Brunswick. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Sergeant Trainor died as the result of injuries received when struck by a motor vehicle while in the performance of his duty.

    At approximately 6:00 A.M. on August 3, 1953, Sergeant Trainor had pulled-over a vehicle travelling south on the New Jersey Turnpike, 15 miles south of Bordentown. As he was returning to his troop car after securing the driver's license and registration, Sergeant Trainor was struck by a 1953 Mack Truck. Sergeant Trainor's body flew over the roof of the car he had pulled-over and landed face-down in the shoulder of the road. He suffered a fractured left leg, fractured ribs, fractured spine and a fractured skull. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Sergeant Trainor served 14 years and 11 months with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his wife and 9 year old daughter. He was 40 years old.

  • Trooper John Anderson 1919-1955

    John Anderson was born in Dover, New Jersey on March 19, 1919, later moving to Pennsylvania. He graduated from Franklin High School in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. Before entering the New Jersey State Police, he was a Master Sergeant in the United States Army and was a veteran of World War II. Trooper Anderson resided in Sayreville, Middlesex County, New Jersey.

    Trooper Anderson enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on April 12, 1953 and was stationed at Troop "D", Holmdel. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Anderson died as a result of gunshot wounds, in the performance of duty.

    At about 10:45 P.M. on November 1, 1955, Trooper Anderson was on patrol along the Garden State Parkway, three miles north of the exit to Red Bank in Middletown Township. He noticed a 1955 Pontiac that had been reported stolen in Brooklyn the day before. Apparently, the Pontiac was parked off the Parkway in the U-Turn late at the 112-mile marker. Exactly what happened next is not known except that an alarm on the police radio came in from Trooper Anderson that he had been shot.

    After being wounded, Trooper Anderson apparently managed to crawl back to his troop car and he radioed for help. He was found slumped in the front seat, his service revolver and some ammunition missing. His holster had been torn, suggesting a struggle for the gun. He was taken to Riverview Hospital in Red Bank where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

    Trooper Anderson served 2 years and 3 months with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his wife. He was 36 years old.

  • Trooper George R. Dancy, Jr. 1933-1956

    George R. Dancy, Jr was born on March 9, 1933 in Schenectady, New York. He resided in Caldwell, New Jersey. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, he was employed in Essex Fells at the New Jersey Post Office.

    Trooper Dancy enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on December 16, 1955 as a member of the 50th State Police Class. He was stationed at Troop "C", Riverton. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Dancy died as a result of injuries he received in an automobile accident while on duty.

    On May 28, 1956 at 9:25 P.M., Trooper Dancy was travelling along Route 38 south in Mt. Laurel Township, Moorestown, New Jersey. An unknown vehicle made a left turn from Route 38 into Hartford Road, cutting the corner sharply. In doing so, it apparently crossed into the path of Trooper Dancy's troop car, causing him to collide with another vehicle. Trooper Dancy received a brush burn on his left cheek, a fractured collar bone, a laceration of his left side and internal injuries. Trooper Dancy was taken to Burlington County Hospital in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, where he died from internal injuries.

    He served 1 year and 6 months with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his wife and his 3 year old daughter. He was 23 years old.

  • Trooper Finley C. Fuchs 1927-1957

    Finley C. Fuchs was born in Dunellen, New Jersey in 1927. Prior to enlisting in the New Jersey State Police he worked as a floor boy.

    Trooper Fuchs enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on August 19, 1955 as a member of the 49th State Police Class. He was assigned to Troop C, Riverton and later to the Princeton Substation. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Fuchs died as a result of an automobile accident while in the line of duty.

    At 5:00 P.M. on December 19, 1957, Trooper Fuchs left Princeton Substation to appear in court in Laurelton, Brick Township, Ocean County, New Jersey. While heading south on Route 9 in Freehold Township, Monmouth County, he lost control of his car and was in a head-on collision with a 1953 Mercury Sedan in the north lane of the highway. Trooper Fuchs died enroute to Fitkin Hospital in Neptune, New Jersey, from a crushing injury to his chest and abdomen as well as a ruptured spleen and fractured right femur.

    Trooper Fuchs served 1 year and 5 months with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his fiancée. He was 23 years old.

  • Trooper Ronald E. Gray 1935-1958

    Ronald E. Gray was born on June 29, 1935 in Hackensack, NJ and resided in Denville, Morris County. He attended Rutherford High School and studied journalism at Rutgers University before he enlisted in the Marine Corps. Serving three years, he was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant.

    He enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on July 15, 1957 as a member of the 52nd Class and was assigned to Troop “B”. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principals of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Gray died as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident while in the performance of his duty.

    On December 1st, 1958, while on routine patrol, Trooper Gray was proceeding south on State Highway 206 in Andover Township, Sussex County. His troop car ran off the right shoulder of the road on a curve and struck a concrete bridge abutment. He suffered a broken neck and fractured skull and was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Trooper Gray served 1 year and 5 months with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his wife. He was 23 years old.

  • Trooper Hilary Welenc 1929-1959

    Hilary Welenc was born in Burlington, New Jersey on January 14, 1929. He resided in Burlington all of his life.

    Trooper Welenc enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on November 26, 1952 as a member of the 42nd State Police Class. He was assigned to "Region A" and later to the New Jersey Turnpike. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Welenc died as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident while in the line of duty.

    At approximately 8:35 A.M. on November 20, 1959, Trooper Welenc was assisting a disabled motorist change a flat tire at milepost 31 on the southbound New Jersey Turnpike in Delaware Township, Camden County. The troop car was parked behind the disabled vehicle and Trooper Welenc and the disabled motorist were between the two vehicles. A southbound tractor trailer struck the rear of the troop car, pinning Trooper Welenc and the disabled motorist between the cars, causing extensive multiple internal and external injuries.

    Trooper Welenc was taken to West Jersey Hospital in Camden, New Jersey where he was pronounced dead on arrival. (The disabled motorist, too, was pronounced dead on arrival at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden).

    Trooper Welenc served 6 years and 11 months with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his wife, a 2 year-old son and a 1 year-old daughter. He was 30 years old.

  • Trooper John W. Staas 1927-1961

    John W. Staas was born in Camden, New Jersey on July 22, 1927. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and served in the United States Navy during World War II. He later resided in Egg Harbor, New Jersey.

    Trooper Staas enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on December 20, 1954 as a member of the 47th State Police Class. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Staas died as a result of an automobile accident while in the line of duty.

    At 2:20 A.M. on December 2, 1961, Trooper Staas was travelling along Route 30 West in Mullica Township, Atlantic County, New Jersey in extreme heavy fog. Trooper Staas hit the left rear of a 1949 GMC Panel Truck. Trooper Staas lost control of his troop car, crossed the east bound lanes and struck a large Elm tree just off the shoulder on the left side of the highway. He was killed instantly.

    Trooper Staas served 6 years and 11 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Staas was survived by his wife, two sons aged 6 years and 3 years and two daughters, aged 14 years and 4 years. He was 34 years old.

  • Trooper Raymond P. Fiola 1924-1962

    Raymond P. Fiola was born on December 24, 1924 in Wallington, New Jersey and he resided in Toms River, New Jersey.

    Trooper Fiola enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on May 1, 1955 as a member of the 48th State Police Class. He was assigned to Troops "C" and "E". He was assigned to Troop C, Riverton and later to the Princeton Substation. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Fiola died as a result of an automobile accident while in the line of duty.

    At 8:00 A.M. on February 19, 1962, Trooper Fiola was riding with another Trooper to Division Headquarters for In-Training classes. As they were driving their troop car along Route 526 in Millstone Township, Monmouth County, the car began to swerve from side to side when the brakes were applied to slow down for a school bus. As the wheel was turned to miss an on coming vehicle, the troop car ran off the road and slid down the embankment into a tree. Trooper Fiola suffered internal injuries and a possible broken neck. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Dr. Farmers Hospital.

    Trooper Fiola served 6 years and 10 months with the New Jersey State Police and was survived by his wife, a 15 year-old daughter and a 4 year-old son. He was 37 years old.

  • Trooper Milan Simcak 1926-1962

    Milan Simcak was born in Pasaic, New Jersey on January 28, 1926. He later resided in Paramus, New Jersey.

    Trooper Simcak enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on December 18, 1950 and was a member of the 38th State Police Class. He was assigned to Troop "B" "Turnpike Patrol" and later to Troop "D" Newark.

    Trooper Simcak died as a result of an automobile accident while in the line of duty.

    Trooper DeFrino was at milepost 108 north and was following a 1959 Mack Dump Truck off the Passaic River Bridge that had received a flat left front tire when his troop car was struck in the rear: A 1945 A.C.F. bus was traveling northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike in the center lane and struck a 1960 Buick sedan in the left rear corner and the bus mounted the rear of the vehicle.

    Six civilians were injured. The three troopers, DeFrino, Simcak and Abagnale, were taken to West Hudson Hospital and were pronounced dead on arrival.

    Trooper Simcak served 11 years and 6 months with the New Jersey State Police.
    Trooper Simcak was survived by his wife, a 7 year-old son and a 6 year-old daughter. He was 36 years old.

  • Trooper Joseph P. DeFrino 1936-1962

    Joseph P. DeFrino was born on October 17, 1936 in Lyndhurst, Bergen County, New Jersey. He graduated high school in Lyndhurst and attended Seaton Hall University.

    Trooper DeFrino enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on June 29, 1959 as a member of the 55th State Police Class. He was stationed in Troop "B" and later Troop "D" Newark. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper DeFrino died as a result of an automobile accident while in the line of duty.

    On June 11, 1962, Trooper DeFrino was on patrol, riding north on the New Jersey Turnpike in Kearny, Hudson County, New Jersey. Troopers Milan Simcak and Arthur J. Abagnale, Jr. were passengers in the Troop car, being transported to Interchange #18 of the Turnpike where their private vehicles were parked. The weather conditions at the time were clear, bright sun and hot.

    Trooper DeFrino was at milepost 108 north and was following a 1959 Mack Dump Truck off the Passaic River Bridge that had received a flat left front tire when his car was struck in the rear

    Six civilians were injured. The three troopers, DeFrino, Simcak and Abagnale, were taken to West Hudson Hospital and were pronounced dead on arrival.

    Trooper DeFrino served 2 years and 11 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper DeFrino was survived by his parents. He was 25 years old.

  • Trooper Arthur J. Abagnale, Jr. 1936-1962

    Arthur J. Abagnale, Jr. was born on March 23, 1936 in the Bronx, New York. He resided in Ridgefield Boro, Bergen County, New Jersey. He attended Leonia High School in Leonia, New Jersey. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, Trooper Abagnale served with the United States Marine Corps.

    Trooper Abagnale enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on February 6, 1961 as a member of the 57th State Police Class. He was stationed in Troop "B" and later at Troop "D" Newark. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Abagnale died as a result of an automobile accident while in the line of duty.

    On June 11, 1962, Trooper DeFrino was on patrol, riding north on the New Jersey Turnpike in Kearny, Hudson County, New Jersey. Troopers Milan Simcak and Arthur J. Abagnale, Jr. were passengers in the Troop car, being transported to Interchange #18 of the Turnpike where their private vehicles were parked. The weather conditions at the time were clear, bright sun and hot.

    Trooper DeFrino was at milepost 108 north and was following a 1959 Mack Dump Truck off the Passaic River Bridge that had received a flat left front tire when his car was struck in the rear.

    Six civilians were injured. The three troopers, DeFrino, Simcak and Abagnale, were taken to West Hudson Hospital and were pronounced dead on arrival.

    Trooper Abagnale served 1 year and 4 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Abagnale was survived by his parents. He was 26 years old.

  • Trooper Anthony Lukis, Jr. 1936-1966

    Anthony J. Lukis, Jr. was born in Burlington, New Jersey on April 29, 1936. After graduating high school, he attended Rider College in Trenton, New Jersey. Prior to enlisting in the New Jersey State Police, he was employed in building construction. He served in the United States Military from 1956 to 1959.

    Trooper Lukis enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on February 5, 1962 as a member of the 59th State Police Class and was assigned to Troop "A". He was later transferred to Troop "D" Moorestown. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Lukis died as a result of gunshot wounds while in the performance of duty.

    At 1:40 A.M. on May 4, 1966, Trooper Lukis stopped behind a vehicle that was parked at milepost 45 on the northbound shoulder of the New Jersey Turnpike in West Hampton Township, Burlington County. Trooper Lukis struggled with another man between the Troop car and the parked car which resulted in Troop Lukis being shot six times in the back and back of the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Trooper Lukis served 4 years and 3 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Lukis was survived by his wife, three sons ages 2, 4 and 6 and two daughters ages 8 and 3 months. Trooper Lukis was 30 years old.

  • Trooper Thomas W. Kavula 1941-1968

    Thomas W. Kavula was born in Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey, on November 4, 1941. A high school graduate, he attended St. Peter's College in Jersey City, New Jersey for one year before joining the New Jersey State Police.

    Not wishing to follow in his father's restaurant business, Trooper Kavula played minor league baseball and was signed-up by the Cincinnati baseball organization and given a try-out. He decided to give-up a possible baseball career and become a New Jersey State Trooper.

    Trooper Kavula enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on June 10, 1963 as a member of the 61st Class. Upon graduation, he was assigned to Troop "B" and later to Troop "D", Newark. Trooper Kavula's service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty, and faithful and honorable devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Kavula died from injuries received as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle while performing his duties of directing traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike.

    At 8:50 A.M. on Thursday, September 19, 1968, Trooper Kavula was directing traffic at an accident scene outside Toll #13, Elizabeth, on a right turn leading to the Goethal's Bridge. A tractor-trailer made the turn to go up the ramp to Goethal's Bridge. Trooper Kavula was knocked down by the right-rear tandem wheels of the tractor-trailer. As Trooper Kavula fell on his back, the first tandem wheels went over his legs and lower body. He turned himself to the left, escaping injury to the upper portion of his body.

    The truck driver did not stop, but continued on. Another truck driver, who witnessed the accident, jumped into Trooper Kavula's troop car and gave chase, stopping the truck just before the Toll Booths of the Goethal's Bridge. The truck driver who struck Trooper Kavula was found to be under the influence of amphetamines.

    Trooper Kavula served 5 years and 3 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Kavula was transported to the Elizabeth General Hospital where, at 5:06 P.M. he died. He was survived by his wife and a 4 year-old daughter. He was 27 years old.

  • Trooper Robert J. Prato 1944-1969

    Robert J. Prato was born on December 6, 1944 in Bridgeton, Cumberland County, New Jersey. Prior to enlisting with the New Jersey State Police, he served with the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1967. He also worked at the Kimble Glass Plant in Vineland, New Jersey.

    Trooper Prato enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on October 18, 1968 as a member of the 76th State Police Class. He was assigned to Troop "A" Berlin and was later transferred to Cape May Court House and Mantua. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Prato died as a result of injuries received in a Troop car accident in the line of duty.

    At 8:19 P.M. on December 2, 1969, Trooper Prato was on routine patrol in West Deptford Township, Gloucester County. He was travelling north on I-295 on the inside lane. A 1963 Chevrolet convertible was heading south in the northbound lane. The driver was under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol level of .24. At milepost 19.3, the two cars collided in a head-on collision. Trooper Prato was taken to Underwood Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, New Jersey. He suffered from a fractured neck and laceration of the clavicular artery. He was pronounced dead on arrival.

    Trooper Prato served 1 year and 1 month with the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Prato was survived by his wife and two sons ages 4 and 2 years. Trooper Prato was 24 years old.

  • Trooper Russell J. Moesta 1945-1970

    Russell J. Moesta was born on January 7, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He resided in Margate, Atlantic County, New Jersey. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, he was employed by the P.J. Mooney Florist in Ventnor, New Jersey. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1963 to 1967.

    Trooper Moesta enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on May 15, 1970 as a member of the 81st State Police Class. He was assigned to Troop "A" Port Norris. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Moesta died as a result of injuries received in a Troop car accident in the line of duty.

    At 10:40 A.M. on November 19, 1970, Trooper Moesta was investigating a recent hold-up and robbery. He was enroute to Ramah Road to interview suspects. In Fairton, Trooper Moesta turned onto Ramah Road and crossed-over railroad tracks. A large, leafy bush had obstructed his view of the tracks.

    As Trooper Moesta crossed the tracks, a train consisting of three locomotives and 78 empty box cars and sand hoppers was travelling south towards the crossing. The engineer blew his whistle and rang his bell 800 or 900 feet prior to the crossing. Upon observing the approaching Troop car, he sounded several short blasts to warn him. He also applied the emergency brake and used sand, but it was too late.

    The Troop car left 156 feet of heavy skid marks before the impact and was struck apparently initially at the rear of the left fender and roof above the left front door. The Troop car was dragged 79 feet further south. The accident scene had no gate nor flashing warning device and a row of bushes obstructed the view of southbound trains to traffic.

    Trooper Moesta suffered a fractured skull. He was taken to Bridgeton Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.

    Trooper Moesta served 6 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Moesta was survived by his wife and two sons ages 5 and 1 year. He was 25 years old.

  • Trooper Marienus J. Segeren 1941-1971

    Marienus J. Segeren was born on April 30, 1941 in Passaic, New Jersey and was raised in Camden, New Jersey. He resided in Oaklyn, New Jersey. After graduating from Camden High School, he attended college at the Spring Garden Institute of Technology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, he worked for the Langston Company in Camden.

    Trooper Segeren enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on February 7, 1969 as a member of the 77th State Police Class and was stationed at Troop "C" Tuckerton. He was later stationed at Mays Landing, Malaga and the Atlantic City Expressway.

    Trooper Segeren died as a result of injuries received in a Troop car accident in the line of duty.

    At 6:00 A.M. on July 25, 1971, Trooper Segeren was on routine patrol on the Atlantic City Expressway travelling west in the outside lane in Hamilton Township, Atlantic County. As he neared Mile Post 21.6 west, his vehicle wandered into the right shoulder and off the paved portion until the Troop car slightly struck the mile post marker. He travelled 126 feet on the shoulder before making a sharp veer back on the paved portion of the road. He careened to the left and skidded broadside across the westbound lanes towards the Weymouth-Elwood Road bridge abutment and its guardrail.

    The Troop car impacted with the guardrail and continued along 36 feet in its broadside position before hurtling over and striking a concrete bridge support with the right front door post. The impact with the pillar caused the vehicle to tear apart at the firewall, the engine part spinning to the right around to the back of the pillar and the passenger part spinning to the left and striking the next support pillar before coming to a stop.

    Trooper Segeren suffered cerebral contusions and a fractured skull, a crush injury to his chest with lacerations and damage to his liver and lungs. He was taken to Kessler Memorial Hospital in Hammonton, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

    Trooper Segeren served 2 years and 5 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Segeren was survived by his wife and four daughters ages 9, 8, 5 and 4 years. He was 30 years old.

  • Trooper Robert Merenda 1938-1971

    Robert Merenda was born in Sea Side Park, New Jersey on September 8, 1938 and he resided in Audobon, New Jersey. He was a graduate of West Catholic High School where he was chosen All-Catholic League halfback in 1960. He then attended college at Villanova where he was a star football player in both the Liberty Bowl and Sun Bowl. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, he played professional football with the Philadelphia Bulldogs, Newark Bears and also briefly with the Denver Broncos.

    Trooper Merenda enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on February 7, 1969 as a member of the 77th State Police Class and was stationed in Troop "A" Hammonton. He was later transferred to Red Lion, Woodstown and Moorestown stations. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Merenda died as a result of injuries received while in the line of duty.

    At 1:35 A.M. on November 29, 1971, Trooper Merenda was on patrol on the New Jersey Turnpike. He pulled-over a speeding motorist at milepost 13.2 south in Woolwich Township. Gloucester County. As he was walking along the side of the road from his car, he was struck by the right front fender of a passing 1964 Buick. He was thrown 55 feet into the shoulder of the Turnpike. He suffered a compound skull fracture and avulsion of the brain. He was taken to Underwood Hospital in Woodbury where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

    Trooper Merenda served 2 years and 9 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Merenda was survived by his wife, a 2 year-old son and a 10 month-old son. He was 32 years old.

  • Trooper Werner Foerster 1938-1973

    Werner Foerster was born on August 19, 1938 in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany. He was a high school graduate and a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Army from December 8, 1963 until December 8, 1965. He was also a member of the Deutscher Club of Clark, NJ. He resided in Old Bridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey.

    Prior to his enlistment in the New Jersey State Police, Trooper Foerster was employed by Ross Engineering in New Brunswick, New Jersey as a welder.

    Trooper Foerster joined the New Jersey State Police as a member of the 82nd State Police Class on July 24, 1970. During his short career, he was stationed at the Toms River, Colts Neck, Fort Dix and Key Port stations. His last assignment, beginning on November 13, 1972, was at Troop "D" Headquarters in New Brunswick. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and honorable devotion to the principals of the New Jersey State Police.

    The death of Trooper Foerster was a result of gunshot wounds sustained in the performance of his duty.

    At 12:45 A.M. on May 2, 1973, Trooper James M. Harper, assigned to the New Brunswick station on the New Jersey Turnpike, stopped a Vermont registered vehicle approximately 200 yards south of the New Brunswick station. Trooper Foerster, patrolling nearby, backed-up Trooper Harper.

    Trooper Harper approached the vehicle and asked the driver for his Driver's License and Registration. Noting a discrepancy in the registration, the driver was asked to step out of his vehicle. The driver was then questioned by Trooper Foerster as Trooper Harper went to question the other occupants.

    Shots were fired from within the vehicle at the troopers. There was an exchange of gunfire. In the exchange, Trooper Harper was wounded in the left shoulder and arm. Trooper Foerster was found near his patrol car, deceased. He died from multiple gunshot wounds to his chest sometime between 12:30 A.M and 1:30 A.M.

    Trooper Foerster served two years and 10 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Foerster was survived by his wife and a 3 year-old son. He was 34 years old.

  • Detective Thomas A. Dawson 1942-1973

    Thomas A. Dawson was born in Trenton, New Jersey on January 24, 1942. He later resided in Englishtown, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Prior to his enlistment in the New Jersey State Police, he was a mechanical assembler with the IBM Corporation in Dayton, New Jersey.

    Detective Dawson enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on August 29, 1966 as a member of the 71st State Police Class. He was stationed in Troop "C" Howell, and later transferred to New Brunswick, Edwater Park and the CIS Narcotis Bureau. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police and in 1968 he received a Citation for Meritorious Service.

    Detective Dawson died as a result of injuries received in a motor vehicle accident in the line of duty.

    On August 13, 1973, Detective Dawson was traveling in an undercover 1971 Ford Mustang heading south on Route 130 in Washington Township. The car ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. The car continued on, rolling over several times and struck another tree. It finally came to rest against a third tree after travelling a total of 132 feet and catching on fire. Detective Dawson was taken to Hamilton Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival from multiple traumatic injuries with internal hemorrhage.

    Detective Dawson served 6 years and 11 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    Detective Dawson was survived by his wife, two sons ages 14 and 5 and a 13 year-old step- daughter. Trooper Dawson was 31 years old.

  • Trooper II Philip J. Lamonaco 1949-1981

    Philip J. Lamonaco was born on January 21, 1949 and resided in White Township, Warren County, New Jersey. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police he was employed by the Armor Car Company of Union, New Jersey. He was also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

    Trooper II Lamonaco enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on November 13, 1970 as a member of the 83rd State Police Class and was assigned to Troop "C" Colts Neck. He later served at stations in Troops "B" and "E" as well as at Division Headquarters' Organized Crime Task Force. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Troop II Lamonaco died as a result of gunshot wounds received in the line of duty.

    At approximately 4:35 P.M. on December 21, 1981, Trooper II Lamonaco was on routine patrol travelling west on Route 80 in Knowlton Township, Warren County when he stopped an out-of- state motor vehicle at Mile Post 5W. During the stop, a gun battle ensued and Trooper II Lamonaco was shot 9 times. He was taken to Mount Pocono Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

    Trooper II Lamonaco served 11 years and 1 month with the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper II Lamonaco was survived by his wife, two daughters ages 5 years and 10 month and a 4 year-old son. He was 32 years old.

  • Trooper John P. McCarthy 1955-1982

    John P. McCarthy was born on July 4, 1955 in Newark, NJ and resided in Irvington, Essex County. He attended Sacred Heart and the Seton Hall Prep Schools. Prior to enlisting in the New Jersey State Police, he worked as a bartender and night manager.

    He enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on April 21, 1978 as a member of the 93B Class and was assigned to Troop “B”. He was later assigned to Troop “D”. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principals of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper McCarthy died as the result of injuries received when struck by a motor vehicle while in the performance of his duty.

    On September 25, 1982 at 12:08am, Trooper McCarthy was investigating a one-car motor vehicle accident on the left-hand median of the New Jersey Turnpike at Mile Post 113 NSW. His troop car was parked on the right hand shoulder. He walked across two lanes to the accident and safely returned to his troop car to radio for a tow-truck. As he started back across the turnpike to return to the accident, he was struck by a southbound passenger vehicle.

    Trooper McCarthy suffered multiple traumas and a skull fracture. He was taken to Riverside Hospital in Bayonne where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

    Trooper McCarthy served 4 years and 5 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    He was survived by his wife and two children; a 4 year-old daughter and a 3 year-old son.

    Trooper McCarthy was 27 years old.

  • Lieutenant Lester A. Pagano, Sr. 1930-1983

    Lester A. Pagano, Sr. was born on June 30, 1930 in Fort Lee, New Jersey and lived in Blairstown. He graduated from Cliffside Park High School in 1948. Prior to enlisting in the New Jersey State Police, he served in the United States Air Force for two years and for two years in the United States Marine Corps where he was a military policeman.

    Lieutenant Pagano enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on December 1, 1952 as a member of the 42nd Class. He was stationed at Troop “B” security at Greystone State Hospital and detached to assist on the Lamonaco Task Force at the time of his death. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principles of the New Jersey State Police. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest medal awarded by the Division of State Police, in 1959.

    Lieutenant Pagano died from injuries received as a result of a motor vehicle accident while on duty.

    On July 19, 1983 at 12:50 pm, Lieutenant Pagano was traveling westbound on I-80 when his car ran off the left side of the roadway. He struck the guardrail causing the car to flip and to hit a bridge abutment. Lieutenant Pagano was ejected from his vehicle and landed on the roadway next to the troop car. He was taken to Dover General Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival from massive head injuries.

    Lieutenant Pagano served 30 years and 4 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    He was survived by his wife and five children: two daughters and three sons. Lt. Pagano was 53 years old.

  • Trooper Edward R. Errickson 1937-1984

    Edward R. Errickson was born on July 31, 1937 in Millville, New Jersey. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, he served three years in the United States Air Force.

    Trooper Errickson joined the Highway Patrol Bureau on June 11, 1965 as a member of the 11th Motor Vehicle Class. He was transferred into the New Jersey State Police on January 21, 1984. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principals of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Errickson died of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident while in the performance of his duties.

    On January 10, 1984, while traveling south on Route 47 in Maurice River Township, Cumberland County, his unmarked troop car skidded sideways on an icy road into oncoming traffic. He was struck on the left side by a vehicle traveling north. He was taken to Millville Hospital where he died from his injuries on January 25, 1984.

    Trooper Errickson served 4 days with the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Errickson was survived by his wife and three children; two daughters ages 21 and 14 and a son age 18. Trooper Errickson was 46 years old.

  • Trooper Carlos M. Negron 1954-1984

    Carlos M. Negron was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico on October 9, 1954. After high school he attended college for 2 1/2 years. He worked temporarily at the Calhoun Pharmacy in Trenton, New Jersey and in 1979 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He resided in Trenton, New Jersey.

    Trooper Negron joined the New Jersey State Police on February 11, 1982 as a member of the 98th Class. He was assigned to various stations in Troop "C" before being transferred to Troop "D". His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and honorable devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Negron's death was the result of a gun shot wounds suffered while in the performance of duty.

    On May 7, 1984, Trooper Negron was on routine patrol on the New Jersey Turnpike. At 8:12 A.M. he stopped to aid a disabled van at milepost 66.7 north bound in East Windsor Township. A gunfight ensued with one of the two occupants in the van and Trooper Negron was fatally wounded.

    Trooper Negron served 2 years and 3 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Negron was taken to the Medical Center at Princeton and was pronounced dead at 9:35 A.M. He was survived by his parents, brothers and sisters and his wife and an 11-month old son. He was 29 years old.

  • Trooper William L. Carroll, Jr. 1955-1984

    William L. Carroll, Jr. was born on June 25, 1955 in New Brunswick, New Jersey and resided in that town all of his life. He attended St. Peter’s High School where he was very active in school sports. Prior to enlisting in the New Jersey State Police, he worked as a stone mason.

    Trooper Carroll enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on January 26, 1979 as a member of the 94th Class. He served at various stations in Troops “B” and “C” and his last assignment was to the New Brunswick Station, Troop “D”. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principals of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Carroll died from injuries received as the result of a motor vehicle accident while on duty.

    On July 12, 1984, while on routine patrol, Trooper Carroll pulled-over a tractor trailer in South Brunswick at mile post 76.1 on the northbound section of the New Jersey Turnpike. After speaking to the driver, he returned to his troop car and was struck by a passing tractor-trailer. He suffered multiple extensive injuries and traumatic shock. He was taken to Middlesex General Hospital where he died later that evening.

    Trooper Carroll served 5 years and 5 months with the New Jersey State Police. He was survived by his parents and his wife. He was 29 years old.

  • Detective I Albert J. Mallen 1949-1985

    Albert J. Mallen was born on January 16, 1949 in Pleasantville, New Jersey and resided in Mays Landing, New Jersey. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, he was a stock clerk. He also held a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. He was a Vietnam Veteran, having served with the United States Marine Corps from November 1968 to August 1970.

    Detective I Mallen enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on June 26, 1971 as a member of the 85th State Police Class and was assigned to Troop "A" Port Norris. He was later transferred to Division Headquarters in the Investigation Section's Narcotics Bureau. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Detective I Mallen died as a result of gunshot wounds received in the line of duty.

    At approximately 7:05 A.M. on August 28, 1985, Detective I Mallen was executing a search warrant in conjunction with a narcotics raid in Westville, Gloucester County, New Jersey. He was shot once in the face by a 12 gauge shotgun while peering around the corner of a door and was killed instantly.

    Detective I Mallen served 14 years 2 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    Detective I Mallen was survived by his wife, a 16 year-old daughter and two sons, 14 years and 7 years-old.

  • Sergeant Theodore Moos 1943-1987

    Theodore Moos was born on September 4, 1943 in Stratford, New Jersey and was raised in Clementon. He graduated from Overbook High School where he played football. He resided in Berlin, Camden County. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, he attended Camden County Community College and worked for the Owens-Corning Fiberglas company. He was very active in youth athletic leagues and coached basketball and baseball for many years.

    Sergeant Moos enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on March 5, 1971 as a member of the 84th class. He was stationed at Troop “A” Bellmawr at the time of his death. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principals of the New Jersey State Police.

    Sergeant Moos died on February 27, 1987 due to multiple injuries received from a motor vehicle accident in the line of duty.

    On January 29, 1987, Sergeant Moos was assisting a State Trooper with the investigation of a motor vehicle accident. He was diverting northbound traffic from the right lane of State Highway 42 at Mile Post 14.1 in Bellmawr Borough, Camden County. He had a flare in his hand to signal northbound traffic. A northbound vehicle in the right lane struck a wrecker parked on the shoulder of the highway and then struck Sergeant Moos. He was taken to the Cooper Hospital Trauma Unit where he died on February 27th.

    Sergeant Moos served 15 years and 11 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    He was survived by his wife and three children; two daughters ages 23 and 20 and a son age 15. Sergeant Moos was 43 years old.

  • Trooper Thomas J. Hanratty 1967-1992

    Thomas J. Hanratty was born on September 27, 1967 in Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey. He graduated from Elizabeth High School. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, he was employed by the Jewish Y.M.W.C.A.

    Trooper Hanratty enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on February 10, 1989 as a member of the 112th State Police Class and was assigned to Troop "B" Somerville. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Hanratty died from injuries received in the line of duty.

    At approximately 5:09 P.M. on April 2, 1992, Trooper Hanratty was conducting a routine motor vehicle stop on Route 78 near Summit, Union County, New Jersey. While walking back to his Troop car he was struck by a passing Hyundai. He was thrown on to the hood of the car, which continued approximately 400 feet before he fell into the shoulder of the road. He suffered massive head trauma and was transported to the University Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

    Trooper Hanratty served 3 years and 1 month with the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Hanratty was survived by his parents and two brothers. He was 24 years old.

  • Trooper Marvin R. McCloud 1964-1995

    Marvin R. McCloud was born in Camden, NJ on June 4, 1964. He graduated from Camden County Vocational and Technical High School in Pennsauken and attended Seton Hall University for two years. Prior to enlisting in the New Jersey State Police, Trooper McCloud worked as an electrician.

    He enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on November 19, 1987 as a member of the 109th Class and was assigned to Troop “A”. He was later assigned to Troop “D” on the Turnpike. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principals of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper McCloud’s death was the result of an automobile accident while in the line of duty.

    On June 5, 1995, Trooper McCloud was operating RADAR from his troop car that was parked at milepost 4.7 on the inside median strip of the New Jersey Turnpike in Carneys Point. At approximately 8:50 am, a northbound Nissan Pathfinder left the roadway, struck the center concerete barrier and then the left-rear of the troop car. The troop car was spun around and pushed 97 feet, eventually stopping against the center barrier.

    Trooper McCloud suffered massive head and internal injuries. He was taken to Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center in Camden where he died the following morning. Trooper McCloud served 7 years and 6 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    He was survived by his wife and two daughters, ages 12 and 6. Trooper McCloud was 32 years old.

  • Trooper II Francis J. Bellaran 1964-1996

    Francis J. Bellaran was born on July 13, 1964 in Red Bank, Monmouth County, New Jersey and resided in Manasquan, Monmouth County. He graduated from Cedar Ridge High School in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, he was a member of the Iron Workers Union Local 764 based in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada.

    Trooper II Bellaran enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on January 15, 1987 as a member of the 106th State Police Class and was stationed at Troop "E" Holmdel. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper II Bellaran died as a result of injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident in the line of duty.

    On May 20, 1996 at 10:55 A.M., Trooper II Bellaran was attempting a motor vehicle stop of a motorcycle on the Garden State Parkway at milepost 99.7 north in Wall Township, Monmouth County. The motorcycle immediately accelerated to a high rate of speed in an attempt to elude the Trooper. Trooper II Bellaran lost control of his troop car and went off the roadway to the right side, striking several trees. He was taken to Shore Hospital Medical Center where he died 3 days later on May 23, 1996.

    Trooper II Bellaran served 9 years and 4 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper II Bellaran was survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. He was 32 years old.

  • Trooper Scott M. Gonzalez 1962-1997

    Scott M. Gonzalez was born on March 29, 1962 in Passaic, New Jersey and he resided in Hampton, Hunterdon County. Prior to enlisting in the New Jersey State Police he was a police officer with the Plainfield, New Jersey Police Department.

    Trooper Gonzalez enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on January 15, 1993 as a member of the 113th Class and was stationed at Troop “B” Hope at the time of his death. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Gonzalez died as a result of gunshot wounds suffered while in the performance of duty.

    At approximately 4:28 pm on Friday, October 24, 1997, Trooper Gonzalez was in pursuit of a burglary suspect and cornered him at a dead-end road. As the suspect reached the dead end, he turned his vehicle around and headed towards the troop car, ramming him head-on. He then hopped out of his pick-up truck and fired at Trooper Gonzalez with a shot-gun, inflicting several wounds. Trooper Gonzalez was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Trooper Gonzalez served 4 years and 9 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    He is survived by his wife, his mother, a sister and two brothers. Trooper Gonzalez was 35 years old.

  • Trooper I Christopher S. Scales 1962-2002

    Christopher S. Scales was born on November 20, 1962 in Hamilton Township, New Jersey where he resided all his life. He was a graduate of Hamilton High School West, Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

    Trooper Scales enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on May 7, 1987 as a member of the 107th Class and was stationed in Troop “C”. He was stationed at Troop “D” Cranbury at the time of his death. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Scales died as a result of injuries received while in the performance of duty.

    At approximately 11:15 am on Tuesday, December 3, 2002, Trooper Scales was standing on the toll island at the Carteret Toll Plaza, exit 12, of the New Jersey Turnpike. He was working on a four-person detail aimed at increasing seat-belt compliance by motorists. He was hit by the rear wheels of a tanker truck as it pulled away from the toll booth and was dragged 40 feet between the rear wheels of the vehicle. Trooper Scales was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Trooper Scales served 15 years and 7 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    He is survived by his wife, a daughter and two sons. Trooper Scales was 40 years old.

  • Trooper Bertram T. Zimmerman III 1971-2004

    Bertram T. Zimmerman III was born on August 29, 1971 in Camden, New Jersey. He was a graduate of Highland High School, Gloucester County College and Rutgers University. He played baseball for his high school and colleges and with the Tri-County Hardenberg/Petes.

    Prior to enlisting in the New Jersey State Police, Trooper Zimmerman was also a Special Police Officer for Gloucester Township and then an officer for the Evesham Township Police Department.

    Trooper Zimmerman enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on March 14, 2001 as a member of the 119th Class and was stationed at the Woodbine Station in Troop “A” serving on the Tactical Patrol Unit at the time of his death. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of his duty and faithful and honorable devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Zimmerman died as a result of injuries received while in the performance of duty.

    Trooper Zimmerman was working as part of a team of State Police Troopers and Detectives investigating recent armed robberies at area convenience stores. At approximately 2:59 am on Thursday, February 5, 2004, Trooper Zimmerman was responding to assist in a robbery call from the Dennisville area when his troop car went out of control and struck a utility pole on state highway 83 near US 9 in Dennis Township, Cape May County. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Trooper Zimmerman served 2 years and 7 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    He is survived by his wife, his mother and two sisters. Trooper Zimmerman was 32 years old.

  • Trooper Marc K. Castellano 1980-2010

    Marc K. Castellano was born on July 15, 1980 in Lakewood, New Jersey and lived in Jackson until he moved to Howell, New Jersey in 2004. He was a graduate of Jackson Memorial High School in 1998 and received a Jackson PBA scholarship that year. He received his associate’s degree from Ocean County College in 2000, a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University in 2003 and a Master’s degree at Farleigh Dickinson University in 2010. Marc was a two-year starter at middle linebacker from 1996-1997 and a team captain during his senior year for the Jackson Memorial High School football team.

    Trooper Castellano enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on September 24, 2004, as a member of the 136th Class and was assigned to the Troop “C” Tactical Patrol Unit #1 at the time of his death. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of his duty and faithful and honorable devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.

    Trooper Castellano died as a result of injuries received while in the performance of duty.

    At approximately 10:00 am on Sunday, June 6, 2010, Trooper Castellano was walking along the shoulder of Interstate 195 West near the Exit 31 ramp in Howell Township. He was searching for an alleged armed occupant of an abandoned vehicle that was connected to an ongoing investigation when he was struck by a passing motorist. He was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey, where he died several hours later from his injuries.

    Trooper Castallano served 5 years and 8 months with the New Jersey State Police.

    He is survived by his parents, a brother, his wife and two children. Trooper Castellano was 29 years old.

  • Trooper Anthony R. Fotiou #4692    1957-2011

    Anthony R. Fotiou was born December 1, 1957 in Atlantic City.

    Trooper Anthony Fotiou was a member of the 109th State Police Class and enlisted in the Division of State Police on November 19, 1987. Trooper Anthony Fotiou served at various Troop "A" Stations and various assignments within the Transportation Safety Bureau. Prior to his enlistment with the Division, Trooper Anthony Fotiou served as a sergeant in the United States Air Force, being honorable discharged in May 1985. Born in Atlantic City, he served as a sergeant in the US Air Force serving from 1980-1985. He served on the Atlantic City Beach Patrol as a Lifeguard, he was an avid swimmer and member of the Margate Crew. He graduated AC High School Class of 1977. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principals of the New Jersey State Police.

    He served at various Troop "A" stations and assignments in the Transportation Safety Bureau. He proudly served in the United States Air Force and held the rank of Sergeant and was discharged in May of 1985.

    Trooper Fotiou died suddenly in the line of duty on March 28, 2011 while performing his duties at the Carney's Point Scales, Carneys Point Twp, New Jersey.

    Trooper Fotiou served for 24 years with the State Police and the highway Patrol combined.

    He is survived by his Mother and his step Father, Marianne and Robert Greenwood, one sister Roseanne Tomporowski, and three brothers William, Antonios and Konstantine.

  • Trooper James G. Hoopes #5712    1972-2012

    James Hoopes was born in Atlantic City on August 16, 1972 and was raised in Ventnor. He graduated from Holy Spirit High School in 1990 and then Albright College in 1994. At Albright, Jim played basketball, set the school’s rebounding record and was recently honored as a member of the Albright College All Century Team. He later went on to obtain his Master’s Degree from Seton Hall University. Jim toured the United States playing professional basketball with the Washington Generals. He then went on to teach Spanish and coach basketball at Holy Spirit High School while working summers at the Greenhouse in Margate.

    In November 1998, Jim graduated from the 118th New Jersey State Police class. He proudly and honorably served as a State Trooper for 14 years.

    On Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Trooper Hoopes died due to a heart attack while training on the Atlantic City boardwalk.

    Trooper Hoopes served for 14 years with the State Police.

    James G. Hoopes is survived by his wife, Merry, and sons, Jayson and Joey. Jim is also survived by his mother Cathy, sister Lisa (Drew) Gibson.

  • Trooper Anthony Raspa #7425    1991-2015

    Trooper Anthony Raspa  was born in New Brunswick, Anthony was a lifelong Highland Park resident. Anthony graduated from Bishop George Ahr High School in Edison, NJ. Bishop Ahr was a second home to Anthony, where he was a peer leader, played football, was captain of the wrestling team, and was honored to receive the "Greater Middlesex County Sportsmanship Award." He attended the University of Delaware, taking only 3 ½ years to earn his bachelor's degree in 2012. Anthony's appreciation for different cultures inspired him to travel to many third world countries as part of the "Around the World Study Abroad Program."

    Trooper Raspa was a member of the 152nd New Jersey State Police Class, graduating in October of 2013. He was assigned to Troop "C" in Hamilton. 
    On Saturday, May 30, 2015 Trooper Raspa was killed in a vehicle crash on I-195 near mile marker 9 in Monmouth County, New Jersey, at approximately 12:48 am.  His patrol car he was driving struck a deer in the travel lane, and then left the roadway and collided with a tree. Trooper Raspa was transported to Central State Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

    Trooper Raspa had served with the New Jersey State Police for 19 months.

    He is survived by his Parents Salvatore and Elizabeth (Diaz) Raspa of Highland Park; three sisters, Maria (Raspa) Millner and her husband Gordon Millner of North Brunswick, Stephanie Raspa and Christina Raspa, both of Highland Park; his paternal grandmother Mary (Maiorano) Raspa of Highland Park; his maternal grandmother Nilda (Perez) Diaz of North Bergen.

  • Trooper Eli McCarson #7775    1985-2015

    Trooper Eli McCarson was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a domestic violence call.

    On Thursday, December 17, 2015 Trooper McCarson was responding to a domestic violence call and was traveling on Quinton-Alloway Road near Route 49. He was driving in heavy rain when he lost control of the patrol car and struck a utility pole.
    Trooper McCarson was taken to The Memorial Hospital of Salem County, where he died from his injuries.

    Trooper McCarson had served with the New Jersey State Police for 10 months. He graduated the 155th class of the New Jersey State Police Academy in February 2015.

  • Trooper Sean Cullen #7594    1985-2016

    Trooper Sean Cullen was struck by a vehicle and killed while investigating a vehicle fire on I-295. On Monday, March 7th 2016 while walking near a crash scene involving a car fire on I-295 southbound near milepost 23.4, Trooper Cullen was struck by a passing vehicle. He was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital where he subsequently succumbed to his injuries early on March 8, 2016.

    Trooper Cullen was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1985. He emigrated to the U.S. from Ireland in March of 1988. He was a 2003 graduate of Cinnaminson High School, and he was an All-American wrestler at Lycoming College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 2007.

    After finishing college, Trooper Cullen worked as a Class II Police Officer in Sea Isle City and Mount Holly Police Departments. Additionally, he served as a Patrolman for the Westampton Police Department, Burlington County, N.J., for two years.

    Trooper Cullen enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on August 29, 2014, as a member of the 154th Recruit Class. He was assigned to Troop "A" where he served at both Bunea Vista and Bellmawr Stations.

    Trooper Cullen is survived by his fiancé, 9-month-old son, mother, father, two brothers, and a sister. He was 31 years old.

  • Trooper Frankie L. Williams #7953    1985-2016

    Trooper Frankie Williams was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a call for service.

    On Monday, December 5, 2016 Trooper Frankie Williams, 31 was responding to a call for service on SH 55 north when the other vehicle crossed the grass median of the highway and collided with his troop car. He was flown to Cooper University Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The subject in the vehicle that struck his patrol car was also killed.

    Trooper Williams had served with the New Jersey State Police for only 11 months. He was a member of the 156th State Police Class graduating on January 29, 2016. He was assigned to the Port Norris Station and had been married in October.