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Inspector Francis J. Greechan | New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles - Highway Patrol, New Jersey New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles - Highway Patrol, New Jersey

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Francis J. Greechan

New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles - Highway Patrol, New Jersey

End of Watch: Saturday, June 10, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 1 month, 1 week

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile crash

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Inspector Frank Greechan was killed in a vehicle crash as he and two other inspectors pursued a speeding vehicle in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey.

The three inspectors were returning to Paterson at the end of their shift when they attempted to stop the speeding vehicle. The vehicle refused to stop and the inspectors pursued it along Ringwood Avenue. As the vehicles approached Posts Brook a child ran into the street, causing the inspectors' vehicle to take evasive action. The vehicle crashed partially through the bridge railing, and all three inspectors were ejected from the vehicle.

Inspector Greechan was thrown approximately 25 feed and landed in the bed of the brook ten feet below the bridge. Inspector Greechan was killed instantly.

Inspector Greechan had served with the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles for only six weeks. He was survived by his parents and two siblings.

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Inspector Greechan,
On today, the 95th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New Jersey.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
June 10, 2017

 

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