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Police Officer Christopher Goodell | Waldwick Police Department, New Jersey Waldwick Police Department, New Jersey

Police Officer

Christopher Goodell

Waldwick Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Automobile accident

Incident Date: 7/17/2014

Weapon: Automobile; Commercial

Suspect: Not available

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Police Officer Chris Goodell was killed when his patrol car was struck by a tractor trailer on Route 17, near Bergen Avenue, shortly before 1:30 am.

Officer Goodell was parked on the shoulder of Route 17, running radar, when the semi swerved onto to the shoulder and collided with the back of the patrol car. The patrol car was then pushed into a retaining wall.

An off duty deputy from out of state was the first to arrive at the collision and immediately began providing aid to Officer Goodell.

Officer Goodell was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Waldwick Police Department for five years. He was survived by his fiancee.

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To my brothers and sisters of the Waldwick Police Department reading this post with a hole in your heart, I offer to you my deepest and most profound condolences for the untimely loss of your brother. I did not know Chris well, other then to work with him on occasional jobs on either on Route 17 or when we were on a four man team to enter and search Macys following an unusual incident at GSP. As is often the case in times like this, I had the pleasure of hearing of the many amazing experiences with Chris you all have shared, and I feel as though I know him more now because of you. You've truly kept his spirit alive, and have shared him with us. Brothers and sisters we mourn with you, and in these difficult times I offer you my hand in whatever you need, day or night...365. Stay strong, and carry on in a way that would make Chris proud.
Chris's family and fiancé, I am not sure what to say that could express to you how absolutely sorry I am for your loss. We as police officers often forget how impactful our careers are to the people we love. It was not only Chris who paid the ultimate sacrafice, it was you who gave him to us, his brothers and sisters in blue and I am forever greatfull. He was a man of his community, and they adored him. You should be proud. Remember he is never truly gone, he lives on in everything you do and in all that you see. The impact he's made in his community shines brightly and he'll forever be a part of Waldwick.
Lastly, to Chris.... Thankyou. You're devotion to duty, to your fellow officer and your community has inspired me and I'm truly sorry I didn't know you more. I'm sure you're in heaven writing summonses to all the rest of gods angels for flying too fast, or having a light out in their halos. I know that when it is my time you'll be waiting for me at heavens gate to show me the ropes just as I'm sure you have for all our other fallen brothers and sisters. Until then, Rest easy my brother, we will take it from here.

Ptl. Joseph T. Youngberg
Patrolman, Ridgewood Police
August 28, 2014

 

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