SPECIAL: Moving ceremony honors fallen NJ officers

Death in the line of duty isn’t restricted to firefights and high-speed chases. Three New Jersey police officers honored at the 25rd annual New Jersey Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Shore today all died behind the wheel.

“Surely, only someone who’s lived it knows the pain of losing [them],” First Assistant N.J. Attorney General Ricardo Solano Jr. told the solemn gathering today at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium.

Invoking the late Martin Luther King Jr., Solano said all three officers answered the eternal question: “What are you doing for others?” with “courageous, capable, steadfast and reliable” service.

It ended tragically for each in “the last free measure of devotion,” he said, as the hundreds of uniformed officers, loved ones and other attendees in the cavernous, 115-year-old hall fell silent.

The ceremony was exquisite in its dignity — no speeches or extended eulogies. A variety of musical styles offered tribute to the fallen servants, including a rousing “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by a pair of choirs from Lyndhurst High School in Bergen County and West Windsor/Plainsboro High School in Mercer.

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