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Funeral held for Waldwick police officer killed in crash

HO-HO-KUS (AP) — Family, friends and hundreds of police officers paid their respects to a Waldwick police officer who died in the line of duty.

Police officers salute as the flag draped casket of Waldwick police officer Christopher Goodell is carried into  St. Lukes Church in Ho-Ho-Kus,
Police officers salute as the flag draped casket of Waldwick police officer Christopher Goodell is carried into St. Lukes Church in Ho-Ho-Kus, (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Gov. Chris Christie was among mourners at St. Luke’s Church in Ho-Ho-Kus Tuesday for Waldwick Officer Christopher Goodell’s funeral.

Authorities say the 32-year-old was checking for speeders when a tractor-trailer crashed into his unmarked patrol car that was parked in the shoulder on Thursday.

The five-year veteran of the police force was recently engaged and was a Marine Corps veteran.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, 28-year-old Ryon Cumberbatch of Brooklyn, New York, pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide on Monday.

It was the second funeral in less than a week for a police officer who was killed in the line of duty in New Jersey.

 

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