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Patrolman William J. Cady | South Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey South Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey


William J. Cady

South Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Saturday, April 19, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 9

Military veteran

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Narcotics involved

Offender: Sentenced to six months

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Patrolman William Cady was struck by a car and killed while on a traffic stop on I-287 at 12:13 am.

During the stop another vehicle, driven by a man who was under the influence of marijuana, struck Patrolman Cady. The suspect was found guilty of death by auto and sentenced to six months in a county work-camp and had his license suspended for six months.

Patrolman Cady was a combat veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the South Plainfield Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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Bill was a combat veteran of Vietnam. He was known as an officer who could show compassion when needed, but nerves of steel when that was needed. I sat with his wife in the emergency room while doctors and nurses valiantly tried to save his life. His son is now a police officer in Florida and looks just like him, tall and trim. Why heroes like him pass while the lowest of our society seem to thrive? I don't know the answer. God bless Bill Cady.

Lt. Thomas R. Bullock
South Plainfield, NJ
April 16, 2015


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