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July 24, 2014 | Number of The Day
Two NJ police officers killed in past two weeks were first since 2012

The two New Jersey police officers killed in the line of duty since July 13 were the first officer fatalities since 2012, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The first, Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago, gained national attention after he was gunned down answering an armed-robbery call at a Walgreen’s July 13. The shooter had grabbed the gun from a security guard and announced to bystanders that he was “going to be famous” shortly before firing on the 23-year-old officer.

Just four days later, Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell, 38, was killed in an unmarked police car when a tractor trailer rammed into him and pushed his car into a retaining wall on Route 17.

There have been 484 police officer fatalities in the state’s history.