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Police Officer Shawn Carson | Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

Police Officer

Shawn Carson

Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Sunday, December 25, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 16 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile crash

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Officer Shawn Carson and Officer Robert Nguyen were killed when their patrol truck drove off of the Hackensack River Bridge and plunged 45-feet into the Hackensack River during a period of heavy fog at 8:20 pm.

The officers had driven across the lift-bridge to place flares on the Newark side to warn drivers about a problem with the bridge's operations. As they set the flare, the bridge operator opened the span to allow a tugboat to pass underneath. The bridge's safety bar and warning lights, which had not been functional for two days, failed to activate when the span opened.

As the officers returned to the Jersey City side of the bridge, their vehicle drove off of the open portion of the span and fell to the river below, killing both officers.

Officer Carson was pulled from the water two hours after the incident and taken to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officer Nguyen's body was found on December 29th by members of the New York City Police Department Dive Unit. His body was snagged under concrete pilings in 50 feet of water some 90 feet from where the truck went into the river.

Officer Carson had served with the Jersey City Police Department for 16 years.

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Police Officer Robert Nguyen
Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey
End of Watch: Sunday, December 25, 2005
Cause: Automobile crash

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Shawn, you were special to so many simply because you were special. You are resting in God's arms now, free to run as you wish because you ran the race here, fought the good fight, and now are crowned for eternity with the Savior's love. Please watch over your brothers and sisters in blue, family and friends, the youth and residents who looked up to and respected you, and in a special way your academy classmates. Rest in peace and God's eternal light.

Lisa Burke
May 7, 2017


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