Police Officer Christopher Mark Goodell

Police Officer Christopher Mark Goodell

Waldwick Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Christopher Mark Goodell

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 a.m.

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 is survived by his fiancee.

In May 2015, Route 14 in Waldwick was renamed Christopher Gooddell Memorial Highway and the Department established the Christopher Gooddell Scholarship Fund that previous August.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 38
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

accident, automobile accident

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I had the pleasure of meeting your father yesterday at our Memorial Car Show. We exchanged coins, yours will be displayed proudly in my office at EPD. Your Ford is amazing and deservingly was voted in for a best-in-show award. He told us of your dedication to this country. We are grateful for your service and bravery. Rest in peace until we meet. With honor and respect, we shall never forget.

Chief Giacomo Sacca
Elizabeth Police

October 9, 2022

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