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Patrolman Eugene J. Miglio, III | Wildwood Crest Police Department, New Jersey Wildwood Crest Police Department, New Jersey

Patrolman

Eugene J. Miglio, III

Wildwood Crest Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Friday, June 2, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 435

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Person

Offender: Not available

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Officer Miglio suffered a fatal heart attack after being kicked in the head by the sister of a speeding motorist he had pulled over at 4:00 am.

Officer Miglio had served with the agency for 14 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.

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Yours was the first police funeral I ever attended. I was a rookie cop of just over 1 year. When you were taken from your family and friends it served as a harsh reminder of the reality of the job we do and that any tour of duty can be our last.

Traveling from north jersey for your mass to the shore town I grew up loving stuck a real chord with me that has never faded. I remember being at Assumption Church for the service - it was surreal - as a kid my mom would make us walk to that church for mass - even on vacation. Now I stood at the same church as you lay inside. It was so hot that day. I remember sitting on the steps of the old Alps motel and the couple who owned it brought us bottled water while we waited to stand at attention as you left the church.

Cops from all over Jersey and the surrounding area came to pay their respects and it showed me what an incredible brother/sisterhood we are!

I never had the honor of meeting you but today - at least once a year - when we vacation in Cape May - I drag my young daughter to mass at the church of the Assumption. And I tell her your story. About your sacrifice and about the day of your funeral.

I thought your family and friends would like to know that you continue to be remembered and have an impact on others. I have a police memorial band with your name on it on my desk as a "any time - any place" reminder and today I share your story with my guys as I implore them to stay safe.

Today - on the 20th anniversary of your sacrifice, my thoughts are with your children and your family and friends and all who lost you.

RIP my brother...you are not forgotten.

Lt. Tom Kelly
Maplewood PD (1993-2002) Essex County Pros. Office (2002-pres)
June 2, 2015

 

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