Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Alfred L. Sellick, Jr.

Montclair Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, January 12, 1976

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Reflections for Sergeant Alfred L. Sellick, Jr.

To the family of Sgt Sellick, I did not know you but your Son Tim and I served together and roommates with 307th Medical Bn, 82nd Airborne Division from January 1975 until his ETS, Thank you for your service In Law Enforcement. I remember when Tim was informed of your death, he cared and loved you very much, Rest In Peace. Tim was also my Best Man when I got married.

Master Sargent ( Retired) James A Burack
Roommates 307th Medical Bn, 82nd Airborne Division

April 6, 2021

Rest in peace Sergeant Sellick.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 17, 2019

I did not have the honor of knowing Sgt. Sellick, however, I am very proud to say that his memory lives on here in the Montclair Police Department. I am equally proud of the officers of this Department who took the time to commemorate him on the anniversary of that tragic day. Thank you Sgt. Sellick for your commitment to service and I pray that God continues to bless you and your family.

Deputy Chief Wilhelm B. Young
Montclair Police Department

January 14, 2019

I was a kid growing up in Montclair when Sgt. Sellick was murdered, and remember this incident well. Sgt. Sellick's bravery was an early example of selfless service that inspired me to think about a police career. I wish he had survived that day in 1976; but I pray that his family will take some small comfort in knowing that his valor was an inspiration to a young boy who went on to become a cop. Rest in peace, Sgt. Sellick.

Sgt. (ret.) Jonathan Wender
Mountlake Terrace (WA) Police Department

March 11, 2018

I remember is going to the sergeant Selleck's funeral I was a newbie it was heartbreaking I saw his two sons they are who are Green Berets

Det Sgt Robert Bucella
West Orange PD

February 11, 2018

I pray eternal damnation for those responsible for this death. May Satan embrace their souls with the flames of hell!!!

Tierney #1205
Montgomery County MD Police

January 12, 2018

never forget the sacrafice every day heroes give to protect others, Heroes live forever, the thin blue line.

steven a sellick

February 28, 2017

Another year passes by..but you are not forgotten..for heros never die... RIP

officer neral

January 12, 2013

It was my first year on the Montclair police department and I remember it all very well. I only met Sgt. Sellick once my first month on the job. With only one meeting with Sgt. Sellick, I will remember him till I die. He wish me the best in my career and he will killed a month or less later. Now, the three that killed him in Cold Blood are all out of jail. This makes me think if God was on vacation that day. Sgt. Sellick was and is a great man in my heart and soul till this day. As, I am turning 60 this year I wish he was here, so I could wish him the best of life.

Captain Gary Martin
Montclair Police Department

July 12, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Laslater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all of those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever,
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 12, 2012

Sergeant Sellick we salute you while approaching the anniversary of your tragic death. You demonstrated tremendous courage when you attempted to disarm a bank robber in the crowded First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Montclair. While facing death, you made the ultimate sacrifice so others would live. Only due to your brave actions the bank customers and tellers lived. Of all the officers mentioned in ODMP, all of whom died while laying down their lives in the line of duty, you best exemplify heroic bravery. You served the citizens of Montclair well as a devoted, dedicated and courageous professional. God bless you and your family.

Anonymous retired military veteran
A former Montclair resident

December 23, 2011

Dear Grandpa,
You are my hero and I know you are with me every day on the streets. I walk proudly in your shaddow, and strive daily to be the person you were.

Officer B Neral
Wilminigton Police Department

December 19, 2009

Besides being fellow police officers I worked with him part time in a livery service .Great guy and I'll never get over the way he was executed .Rest in Peace .

Capt Philip Salmon Ret
Belleville NJ Police Dept

April 5, 2009

Rest in peace Brother.

Kevin T Ryan
Ex-New Jersey Cop

January 11, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 4, 2008

The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 12, 2007



January 12, 2006

I was in the sixth grade at Glen Ridge Middle School. On the morning of the funeral my home-room teacher, Miss Bushby, made us all look out the window. A parade of police cars from every town in New Jersey and every state in the nation was traveling up Bloomfield Avenue. The procession was miles long, and as the police cars passed before us, Miss Bushby proclaimed:

"He was killed in cold blood. Cold blood"

She then explained that the officer was made to kneel on the ground and was executed.

To this day it is one of the most moving events in my life.

Ben Armand

August 25, 2004

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