GLEN RIDGE, NJ-- The Glen Ridge Police Department announced the passing of Officer Charles Roberts, a Glen Ridge resident and 20-year veteran of the department.  This marks the first line of duty death in the 135-year history of the GRPD.

On Tuesday, April 21st, Officer Roberts  was revived by fellow police officers and members of the ambulance squad at his home after his heart stopped. Prior to this he was diagnosed with COVID-19. Officer Roberts spent almost three weeks at Mountainside Hospital in Glen Ridge and Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Unfortunately, he was never able to recover and succumbed on Monday, May 11th.  Officer Roberts was 45 years old and leaves behind his wife Alice and three children.

In a press release issued by Glen Ridge Police Chief Shiela Byron-Lagattuta, Roberts is described as a tireless worker who was known by face or name by both children and adults in the community.  "The loss of Officer Roberts has extinguished the presence of a pillar and staple within the law enforcement community and the Borough of Glen Ridge. Despite our loss, the ever-lit green front porch lights at headquarters will continue to serve as a beacon for those in need. Rest easy our brother in blue, you will never be forgotten and have left a permanent mark on each life you have touched. To have known you is to have loved you."

A GoFundMe page was established for the family of Officer Roberts can be found here