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 McEllen was killed in an automobile accident while responding to an intruder call at 2300 hours. His patrol car hydroplaned on a rain-slicked Route 17, causing it to strike a light pole.

Patrolman McEllen had served with the agency for 3.5 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge 306

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Hi, I grew up on Swan CT in Paramus and always played at McEllen Park. We always knew it was named after an officer killed in the line of duty. As an adult with young kids now, I go back to that park and reflect on this officer. He gave his life in the line of duty and we are forever grateful. I would like to have his family and friends know that his memory lives on in that park, along with generations of kids growing up.

Lorenzo Graziano

June 6, 2020

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