Patrolman Michael P. McEllen

Patrolman Michael P. McEllen

Paramus Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Sunday, October 3, 1976

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Michael P. McEllen

Patrolman Michael McEllen was killed in an automobile accident while responding to an intruder call at 11 pm.

His patrol car hydroplaned on a rain-slicked Route 17, causing it to strike a light pole. His vehicle was found at 5:44 am.

Patrolman McEllen was a United States Vietnam Army veteran who had served with the Paramus Police Department for 3.5 years and previously served with the Ramsey Police Department. He was survived by his wife, two children, mother, and two brothers.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 5 years, 6 months
  • Badge 306

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

burglary, single vehicle crash, weather

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It will be 46 years on Monday. Today, October 1, my hire date , sitting here ona rainy night like that one in '76, thinking about you.

Jim Sheehan (ret)
Paramus PD

October 1, 2022

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