SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – In recognition of National Police Week, the South Plainfield Police Department has placed two commemorative wreaths at the police memorial located in Monument Park. The wreaths are in memory of police officers William J. Cady and Richard H. Conklin.
Officer Richard Conklin was killed in the line of duty when assisting the transport of a mentally ill patient on January 21, 1972. Conklin, at the time of his death, was 27 years-old and engaged to be married.
Officer William Cady was killed on April 19, 1975 while conducting a routine traffic stop on an entrance ramp to Route #287. Cady was struck and killed by a driver of another motor vehicle who was under the influence of narcotics. Cady was married at the time with two young children.
National Police Week honors officers that are killed in the line of duty. South Plainfield Police Captain Matthew Koep and South Plainfield Police Officers Joseph Indano and Jasen Ortiz travelled to Washington D.C. to take part in honoring and remembering the police officers throughout the Country that have been killed in the line of duty.
“The responsibilities and dangers in being a police officer have never been higher or more challenging, said South Plainfield PBA #100 State Delegate Joseph Glowacki . “It is critically important to recognize our fallen police officers that made the ultimate sacrifice while defending others.”