TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday signed an executive order Friday that directs all State buildings to fly flags at half-staff June 5 in recognition of the life and in mourning of the passing of Summit Police Detective Matthew Tarentino, a resident of Somerville.

Tarentino, 29, was killed in a three-car collision on Route 78 in Bernards on Tuesday, May 30.

Raised in Somerville, Tarentino graduated from Immaculata High School in Somerville, and later went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a minor in Spanish from Rutgers University. T

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arentino joined the Summit Police department in 2012, having previously served as an officer in the Rutgers Police Department and the South Bound Brook Police Department. He was assigned to the Community Policing Unit, a vital Unit that made him the Summit Police Department’s D.A.R.E Program Officer.

Along with the Summit Police Department, Detective Tarentino was recently honored by the New Jersey Attorney General as the 2017 recipient of the Attorney General’s Outstanding Community Policing Award.

“Detective Tarentino was a loving husband, father, son, and brother, whose memory will live in the hearts of his family, friends, community, and fellow members of the Summit Police Department,” Christie said. “He served his State with courage, professionalism, and commitment to the finest ideals and traditions of the Summit Police Department. It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Detective Tarentino, and we extend our sincerest sympathy to his family and loved ones.”

The Executive Order reads as follows:

WHEREAS, Summit Police Detective Matthew Tarentino was raised and resided in Somerville, New Jersey;

and WHEREAS, Detective Tarentino attended Immaculate Conception School and graduated from Immaculata High School, both in Somerville;

and WHEREAS, Detective Tarentino earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a minor in Spanish from Rutgers University;

 and WHEREAS, Detective Tarentino joined the Summit Police Department in 2012, having previously served as an officer in the Rutgers Police Department and the Bound Brook Police Department; and WHEREAS, Detective Tarentino was assigned to the Community Policing Unit, served as the Summit Police Department’s D.A.R.E. Program Officer, and was posthumously promoted to the rank of Detective;

 and WHEREAS, along with the Summit Police Department, Detective Tarentino was recently honored by the New Jersey Attorney General as the 2017 recipient of the Attorney General’s Outstanding Community Policing Award; and WHEREAS, on May 30, 2017, Detective Tarentino tragically passed away following a motor vehicle accident;

and WHEREAS, Detective Tarentino was a loving husband, father, son, and brother, whose memory will live in the hearts of his family, friends, community, and fellow members of the Summit Police Department;

and WHEREAS, Detective Tarentino served his State with courage, professionalism, and commitment to the finest ideals and traditions of the Summit Police Department;

and 2 WHEREAS, it is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Detective Tarentino, and we extend our sincerest sympathy to his wife, children, family, friends, and fellow members of the Summit Police Department; and WHEREAS, it is appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to mark Detective Tarentino’s passing and to honor his memory;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHRIS CHRISTIE, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

The flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Monday, June 5, 2017, in recognition of the life of and in mourning for the passing of a brave and loyal hero, Summit Police Detective Matthew Tarentino, Badge No. 121.