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Trooper Marc Kenneth Castellano | New Jersey State Police, New Jersey New Jersey State Police, New Jersey


Marc Kenneth Castellano

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch: Sunday, June 6, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 6397

Cause: Struck by vehicle

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Trooper Marc Castellano died of injuries he sustained when he was struck by a vehicle while searching for a suspect.

At approximately 8:45am, New Jersey State Troopers observed a vehicle on the shoulder of the northbound lanes on the Garden State Parkway near mile marker 90 in Ocean County. When a Trooper pulled up behind the vehicle, it fled at a high rate of speed. The trooper gave chase but ended the pursuit for safety reasons. About 75 minutes later, other law enforcement agencies in the area found the driver of the vehicle near her car which was pulled off the side of the road on Route 195 West near exit 31B. She told officers she was with an armed man, prompting a massive search for a person who police later learned was non-existent.

Trooper Castellano was on Route 195 near an exit ramp in Howell Township and was searching for the person described by the female driver. As he conducted the search, he was struck by a passing vehicle. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries several hours later.

The female was arrested charged in connection with Trooper Castellano's death, in that she provided false information that prompted an unnecessary search by officers which led to the death of the trooper. In July 2011 she was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Trooper Castellano had served with the New Jersey State Police for six years and was assigned to Troop C Tactical Patrol Unit. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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Mark, your mom, and your family,
Although I have never met you in this life, I feel a connection to you. About a year and a half ago I met your mom in Brick as I saw her parked, and we talked about your loss and I told her how I only made it up to week 5 in the NJ DOC Academy down in Sea Girt, and we reflected on life, loss and law enforcement. She gave me some information on the "move over" program and some 6397 stickers. It was a nice moment in my life, but it doesn't end there. Last June of 2015 my step-son received a scholorship in your name, for college from his High School, Jackson Memorial. Thought that was great, but again the story doesn't end there. At 47 years old and not wanting to give up on law enforcement, I got an invitation of employment for the NEW JERSEY JUVENILE JUSTICE COMMISSION. So as the academy started in March 2016, we lined up in the state police gym for P/T the third of the academy. As the drill instructors lined us up along the walls of the gym, I found myself standing under your picture. So for the 12 weeks, with 2 more to go..... Every morning for the past 3 months I've been lined up under your picture for P/T and D/T, and every morning I said a prayer for you and your family, and you for strength to get through P/T and D/T. With 2 weeks left of the academy I couldn't imagine not finishing, and I owe a lot of it to you. I hope this didn't hurt the feelings of family, friends, and LEO's, but I wanted to share this story, because of the strength I found every morning in the state police gym, looking up at Mark's pictures as well as all the fallen state troopers

Recruit, Thomas
New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission
June 11, 2016


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