BARNEGAT, NJ - More than likely, it was a route he took almost every day. However, Saturday morning was the last time Corrections Officer Sean Brown would travel to the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility. Police continue to investigate the fatal motor vehicle crash that took his life.

According to New Jersey State Police, the accident occurred at approximately 5:18 am in Woodland Township on Route 72.  A 71 year-old driver of a Chevy Equinox reportedly crashed into Brown’s vehicle from the opposing lane, hitting it head-on. She and Brown were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Brown was 34 and had a wife and three children. NJ PBA Local 105 described Brown as a union representative and role model.  They also referred to his death as the tragic loss of a hero.

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The union has set up a GoFundme account as a memorial fund to benefit the young correction officer’s family. In just one day, contributions are over $17K.

Some who contributed offered more than their condolences. “Officer Brown is a cop’s cop,” shared someone named Administrator Loury. “For he embraced fairness, harmony, and extraordinary work ethics for the women and men in the institution.”

Edwin Conde described the late officer as a “One of a kind man, a man who would give you his last dollar, food, etc. He just wanted everyone to be happy. A great officer, a loving husband, and father, and a hero!"

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