Patrolman William J. Cady

Patrolman William J. Cady

South Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Saturday, April 19, 1975

William J. Cady

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.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 9
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Narcotics involved
  • Offender Sentenced to six months

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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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