BARNEGAT, NJ - Today the Barnegat Township Police Department announced the death of Patrolman Alex Hoffman.

According to police, Hoffman was working a second job in Lakewood on Wednesday while off-duty where he suffered “a medical episode.”

The release read:

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It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely death of Patrolman Alex Hoffman. Ptl. Hoffman died off-duty, doing what he always did-- working hard to provide for his wife and two children.

Ptl. Hoffman served with the BTPD for nearly 17 years, starting his career with us in May of 2003.

Ptl. Hoffman was always here to serve the Barnegat community however he could. During Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Alex donated his personally owned 2.5 ton truck to be used by the agency. That truck was used to conduct high-water rescues at the peak of the storm, saving lives.

Ptl. Hoffman also dedicated his time to obtaining surplus equipment for the agency-- procuring over $500,000 dollars worth of high-water rescue and off-road vehicles for our Township, free of charge.

The BTPD appreciates the huge outpouring of support from the Barnegat community, and from our brothers and sisters in the law enforcement community.

Our thoughts are with Alex's wife, children, family, and friends as they navigate this incredibly difficult time.