Police Officer Christopher Goodell Waldwick Police Department, New Jersey End of Watch: Thursday, July 17, 2014

Police Officer Christopher Goodell | Waldwick Police Department, New JerseyWaldwick Police Department, New Jersey

Police Officer Christopher Goodell

Waldwick Police Department, New Jersey
End of Watch: Thursday, July 17, 2014

Biographical Info

Age: 32
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: July 17, 2014
Weapon Used: Automobile; Commercial
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Chief of Police Mark Messner
Waldwick Police Department
15 E Prospect Street
Waldwick, NJ 07463
Phone: (201) 652-5700

Police Officer Chris Goodell was killed when his patrol car was struck by a tractor trailer on Route 17, near Bergen Avenue, shortly before 1:30 am.
Officer Goodell was parked on the shoulder of Route 17, running radar, when the semi swerved onto to the shoulder and collided with the back of the patrol car. The patrol car was then pushed into a retaining wall.
An off duty deputy from out of state was the first to arrive at the collision and immediately began providing aid to Officer Goodell.
Officer Goodell was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Waldwick Police Department for five years. He was survived by his fiancee.

WALDWICK, N.J. (WABC) —

A police officer was killed early Thursday morning in a traffic wreck while on duty.
Around 1:23 a.m. on Route 17 South and Bergen Avenue, a southbound J.B. Hunt tractor trailer rear-ended an unmarked police unit. Waldwick, N.J., officer Christopher Goodell, 32, who was operating a radar in the vehicle was killed.
The 18-wheel tractor-trailer had moved onto the right shoulder at the intersection of Bergen and 17, said Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli. It pushed Goodell’s Chevy Impala through the Bergen intersection and into a retaining wall next to a residential area. Goodell was pronounced dead at 1:41 a.m.
He was a graduate of Waldwick High School. Waldwick Chief Mark Messner called Goodell an "outstanding and proactive officer" who would be "sorely missed." He was in the Marines, and was an experienced traffic and radar officer.
"He was an outstanding person. He was an outstanding officer," Messner said. "He loved his country. He loved his town. He loved his police department. He leaves behind his family and a young fiancee."
The mayor of Waldwick, Tom Giordano, released a statement Thursday morning expressing the community’s sadness.
"We extend our deepest sympathy and friendship to his family and his fellow police officers," it read. "Rest in peace Chris, you will never be forgotten for the good deeds you have done for the residents of Waldwick."
The tractor-trailer driver was not hurt. Investigators said that area of the road has three lanes, and it is unclear how the trailer ended up swerving onto the shoulder. It does not appear there were any other vehicles involved or obstructions in the road.
Residents next to the retaining wall were awoken by the crash, and authorities were examining homes for possible damage.
The incident is under investigation.

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