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Lieutenant Kenneth Dechen | West Deptford Police Department, New Jersey West Deptford Police Department, New Jersey


Kenneth Dechen

West Deptford Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 18, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 23 years

Badge # 48

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Lieutenant Dechen was killed after he was accidentally shot while cleaning his department-issued pistol.

The officer had just completed his department's semi-annual qualifications and was cleaning his .40 caliber Sig Sauer when the weapon discharged. He was shot in the abdomen. He was transported to a local hospital where he died approximately one hour later.
Lieutenant Dechen had been employed with the West Deptford Police Department for 23 years. He is survived by his wife and three teen-age children.

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Kenny, you have been honored several ways over the last couple of weeks. The Gloucester County Law Enforcement Museum has you on a memorial wall, Police Unity Tour stopped by your memorial and your baby honored you at her wedding ceremony. Yes, your baby girl just got married. She looked gorgeous and happy. We missed you at every event but know you are always watching over us and protecting us. Love you and miss you.

Widow of Kenny
May 18, 2015


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