BARNEGAT, NJ – The sign outside Municipal Hall serves as a grim reminder that October 2, 2019 was the end of watch for Patrolman Alex Hoffman. This morning, friends and family gather together for his funeral service.

The Barnegat Police Department will be out in full force to remember their lost brother. Other police departments, including those from at least Brick Township and Stafford Township have taken over calls during this time of mourning.

First responders within the Township have also joined in remembrance of Hoffman. The Barnegat Fire Department set up ladder trucks to create a memorial arch as a salute to the fallen patrolman. A patrol car is also decorated in his honor. Flags are at half-mast.

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Hoffman’s untimely death comes at just the age of forty. According to reports, he died from medical issues while working at his second job. Hoffman worked hard as a provider for both his wife and children.

According to the Barnegat Police Department, Hoffman was with the Barnegat Police Department for almost seventeen years. He is remembered as someone dedicated to serve the community in every way possible.

Hoffman leaves behind his wife and high school sweetheart Jaclyn and their children Kylie and Conner, his mother Jessica, his brother Justin and his wife Maureen, their children Austin and Tyler, his mother-in-law Melissa Brown and father-in-law Richard Brown Sr. his brother-in-law Richard Brown Jr. and his wife Jennifer Brown and their children Asher and Mackenzie, his sister-in-law Shannon Brown and fiancé Hiro Takata and sister-in-law Carey and her husband Jason Gliddon and their children Hunter and Violet.

In addition to his membership in the Barnegat PBA 296, Hoffman was a life member of the Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Company and a past member of the Barnegat Volunteer Fire Company. 

That said, among Hoffman’s greatest accomplishments appears in his obituary. It says, “Alex was a devoted family man and friend, hardworking, steadfast and true he was always there for anyone in need.”

We, at TAPintoBarnegat/Waretown thank Officer Hoffman for his service and  extend our sympathies to the Hoffman family and the Barnegat Police Department.


Stephanie A. Faughnan is a local journalist and Director of Writefully Inspired, a professional writing and resume service. Feel free to contact her at