Trooper John W. Staas

Trooper John W. Staas

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Saturday, December 2, 1961

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John W. Staas

Trooper John Staas was killed in an automobile accident while on patrol in Mullica Township.

Trooper Staas was traveling west on the White Horse Pike in heavy fog and struck the left rear of a truck going the same direction. His police car careened off the road and into a tree and was pronounced dead at the scene. The dense fog was a traffic hazard for most of South Jersey.

Trooper Staas was a United States Navy veteran of World War II and had served with the New Jersey State Police for almost seven years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 6 years, 11 months
  • Badge 1382
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

vehicle crash, weather

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Trooper Staas,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USN during WW II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

December 2, 2021

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