SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Most of us living on South Orange are not aware of the fact that 30 years ago today, August 23, 1989, South Orange Police Officer John Monsees was shot in the line of duty. Thanks to a note from Sgt. Adrian Acevedo or the Community Relations Bureau of the South Orange Police Department we were reminded of this heroic and almost tragic event.

Here’s the information that Sgt. Acevedo shared:

Officer Monsees responded to a Hamilton Road address on a call of a burglary in progress, in which two suspects tied up the homeowners.

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Upon arrival, Officer Monsees gave foot pursuit to one of the fleeing suspects and engaged in a physical confrontation with him in a rear yard on Holland Road. During the confrontation Officer Monsees was shot and nearly lost his life,

A testament to the calibre of men and women of the South Orange Police Department, Officer Monsees, after a full recovery, returned to the serve the community with honor. We are proud to say, he is still on duty to this very day.

We acknowledge the sacrifice that Officer Monsees put forth on that summer evening thirty years ago and thank him for his unwavering service ever since.