On November 12, 2015, at the Middlesex County Police Training Center in Edison, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and South River Police Chief Mark Tinitigan, who served as president of the Middlesex County Chiefs of Police Association, unveiled a memorial honoring 27 police officers who have died in the line of duty in Middlesex County since 1856.
The memorial, which is displayed in a hallway at the training center, consists of a full-color wall mural listing the name and agency of each officer. Adjacent to the memorial is a service tray containing a booklet that details the biological information and circumstances of the death of each of the officers.
The fallen officers are identified as:
- Special Constable John Bodnar, Sr., Carteret Police Department
- Patrolman William J. Cady, South Plainfield Police Department
- Patrolman Robert A. Cardone, South Brunswick Police Department
- Trooper William L. Carroll, Jr., New Jersey State Police
- Patrolman Richard H. Conklin, South Plainfield Police Department
- Officer Woodhull W. Davis, Juvenile Justice Commission
- Patrolman Michael Dudash, Edison Police Department
- Patrolman George Dunham, Franklin Township Police Department
- Chief Charles Eberwein, South River Police Department
- Trooper Werner Foerster, New Jersey State Police
- Patrolman John Gurnovich, South Brunswick Police Department
- Patrolman Robert S. Heathcock, North Brunswick Police Department
- Patrolman Howard J. Kline Jr., Milltown Police Department
- Chief Harry C. Kuell, Sr., East Brunswick Police Department
- Patrolman John Lebed, Franklin Township Police Department
- Patrolman Joseph Lewis, Woodbridge Police Department
- Detective Richard E. Mcgilvery, Rutgers University Police Department
- Guard Joseph Michalowski, Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department
- Patrolman Frank J. Papaianni, Edison Police Department
- Patrolman Thomas E. Raji, Perth Amboy Police Department
- Patrolman Walter Rusinak, Carteret Police Department
- Patrolman William A. Savage, New Brunswick Police Department
- Trooper Christopher S. Scales, New Jersey State Police
- Deputy Chief Robert Shanley, Carteret Police Department
- Patrolman William I. Van Arsdale, New Brunswick Police Department
- Patrolman Alvin Williams, Woodbridge Police Department
- Trooper Warren G. Yenser, New Jersey State Police.
The first officer to have died in the line of duty was Patrolman Van Arsdale of the New Brunswick Police Department, due to a drowning in 1856. The most recent officer to die in the line of duty was Patrolman Raji of the Perth Amboy Police Department, who died in 2008 due to a vehicular homicide.
Eleven of the officers died from gunfire; four were struck by motor vehicles; three from medical-related incidents; three from motor vehicle crashes, and two each died either from drowning, stabbing, or vehicular assault.Back to Homepage