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Detective Arthur Materka

Union City Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, January 21, 1938

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My Great Grandfather was Lt. Robert Nolan. Lieutenant Robert Nolan, of the Second Precinct police, died at his home 306 Summit Avenue., Union City, shortly before midnight last night after a long illness. He was 58 years old and father of 10 children. Suffering from a chronic ailment, Lieutenant Nolan received the last rites of the Roman Catholic Church and late last night lapsed into a coma which ended in his death. Members of his family were at his bedside.

Previously he emerged from the coma yesterday and remarked feebly, "It's too bad about Artie (Detective Materka, who was slain Friday by a bandit). I'd like to be at the funeral."

L. Craig Sclafane

July 2, 2014

Det. Materka,
Sir, it has taken over 74 years but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Union. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

June 12, 2012

Arthur Materka was my father's (William John Materka) uncle. My father always admired and honored his uncle's sacrifice and heroism. The family has never forgotten Arthur and his dedication to the Union City Police Department. May he rest in peace, and know that we will always love him.

Lynn Materka Harnden, Dallas, Texas
Great Neice of Arthur Materka

Lynn Materka Harnden
Great Neice

June 7, 2012

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. I am privileged to be among the first to pay tribute to you. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 74th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know that both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Rest In Peace.

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

May 23, 2012

Rest in peace Detective Materka. I am honored to leave the first reflection. your bravery will be remembered.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 22, 2012

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