When they are laid to rest the survivors vow never to forget their memory and sacrifice. In October, the Law Enforcement Community in Union County will keep their promise and honor the 30 men and women who have been killed in the line of duty dating back to 1895.
Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced this week that a memorial ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 10a.m. in Scotch Plains.
As preparation for the event begins, organizers have successfully reached family members of 17 of the fallen officers. However, they are looking for family members and close friends of the other 13 police officers from throughout Union County who were killed in the line of duty to share their memories and photographs.
The officers, noting their date of death, are:
From Elizabeth: Police Officer Frank Carine Jr. (July 1, 1934); Captain John J. Hiney (October 22, 1918); Police Officer William J. Kroeschel (August 14, 1936); Police Officer John F. McGann (December 15, 1930); and Police Officer Robert Paton (October 16, 1918.)
From Hillside: Patrolman Thomas W. England (August 16, 1932).
From Rahway: Police Officer John James Burns (January 8, 1971); Special Policeman Albert E. Jewell (March 2, 1895); Police Officer Jacob Kraus (February 26, 1919); and Police Officer James Lynch (February 26, 1919).
From Plainfield: Officer Maurice P. Higgins (November 26, 1925).
From Westfield: Patrolman Edgar B. (Doc) Wright (February 22, 1938).
From Union County Park Police: Patrolman Edwin B. Fitzpatrick (October 17, 1928).
Anyone related to these officers, or who know family members or close friends are kindly asked to contact Karen Positan at the John H. Stamler Police Academy at (908) 889-9028 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The In The Line Of Duty memorial ceremony will be held on October 9 at the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains. The public is invited to attend.