Patrolman Raymond T. Bustard

Patrolman Raymond T. Bustard

Montclair Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, September 29, 1972

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Raymond T. Bustard

Patrolman Raymond Bustard was struck and killed by an automobile while on a traffic post directing traffic at the intersection of Lorraine Avenue and Valley Road in Upper Montclair, New Jersey.

Patrolman Bustard had motioned to a car heading East on Lorraine Ave through the intersection, when another car which was heading South on Valley Avenue allegedly disregarded Patrolman Bustard's hand signal to stop, and struck the first vehicle in the left rear spinning it around. The spinning vehicle struck Patrolman Bustard with its right rear and slammed him into the wall of a building at the southeast corner of the intersection. Patrolman Bustard was transported to Mountainside Hospital by the Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit. He was pronounced dead at 8:27 A.M. of multiple head injuries.

Patrolman Bustard had served with the Montclair Police Department for 23 years and had served with the United States Army in World War II. He was survived by his wife, son, two step-sons, two step-daughters, and two sisters.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge 5
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

directing traffic

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Ptl Bustard was a kind and friendly Officer. At the time of his tenue, I was a young black man. I felt the genuine regard that he felt for me. We would chat when I would pass him at his post. He would tease me about eating ice cream during the winter months. I have thought of him often over the years, and I still consider him my friend.
I am in the winter of my life now, and the feelings of friendship for Officer Bustard have not diminished

Delford A Jones, Retired Juvenile Senior
Ocean County Juvenile Detention, Toms River, NJ (also former officer a

March 17, 2021

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