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Chief of Police David John Lake | Ocean Grove Police Department, New Jersey Ocean Grove Police Department, New Jersey

Chief of Police

David John Lake

Ocean Grove Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Monday, August 23, 1971

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Age: 60

Tour: 16 years

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Military veteran

Cause: Heart attack

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Chief David Lake suffered a fatal heart attack while in a foot pursuit of an escaped prisoner.

The suspect was later apprehended and sentenced to 4 months in jail.

Chief Lake had served with the Ocean Grove Police Department for 16 years and had previously served with the United States Marine Corps in World War II. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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"For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil." ~ Romans 13:4

When a warrior dies in battle for something he believes in, before his shield and sword hit the ground, another warrior seizes the shield and sword assumes the battle. This is the journey of law enforcement.

Godspeed Chief Lake. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Cpl. Brett W. Conley #2509
New Castle County Police Dept.
May 17, 2014


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