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Juvenile Detention Officer Robert J. Heavey | Morris County Juvenile Detention Center, New Jersey Morris County Juvenile Detention Center, New Jersey

Juvenile Detention Officer

Robert J. Heavey

Morris County Juvenile Detention Center, New Jersey

End of Watch: Thursday, January 19, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 1/3/1995

Weapon: Person

Offender: Sentenced to 10 years

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Juvenile Detention Officer / Counselor Robert Heavey died as the result of injuries sustained 16 days earlier when he was assaulted by an inmate at the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center.

On January 3rd, Officer Heavey and several other officers were attempting to break up a large fight in the detention center's day room when he was punched twice in the head by one of the inmates. He was transported to the local hospital and treated for a large bruise and swelling to his left eye, and later released.

He returned to the hospital the following day to undergo surgery to his eye socket, which had been fractured. While waiting for the surgery to begin his condition deteriorated and became unconscious. He remained in a coma until passing away from the injuries.

Two juvenile inmates were subsequently charged as adults in connection with his murder. Both were convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years prison.

Officer Heavey had served as a part-time juvenile detention officer for 18 months. He was survived by his wife.

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Juveniles are treated differently than adults and in many cases this is the right and proper thing to do. Sadly it often seems that the general public has a misconception that if you are a 'juvenile' you're not dangerous. You're just a kid and no kid should be treated like an adult.

If two punches to the head from a juvenile can kill a man, that sort of disproves any notion that a juvenile cannot be dangerous. To compound the tragedy, your killers only served 10 years (IF they served the whole sentence) whereas those who knew and loved you best will serve life sentences, and they're innocent.

For your work and for the risks you took even as a part-timer, you truly are a hero and on this 21st anniversary of your passing, I just want to say thank you, God Bless and may your eternal rest be always peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
January 19, 2016

 

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