Thousands of police officers from around the region have gathered for the funeral for a New Jersey state trooper who died when his patrol car struck a utility pole after responding to a call in Salem County.

Trooper Eli McCarson died Thursday, Dec. 17 in a line-of-duty crash. (New Jersey State Police)

The funeral for 30-year-old Eli McCarson was held Wednesday at Rowan University in Glassboro.

McCarson was eulogized as a dedicated public servant who cared deeply about his family, religion and colleagues.

McCarson's car hit a utility pole in Quinton Township on Thursday. He was trapped while rescuers opened the jammed doors and he died a short time later at a hospital.

He graduated from the academy in February and worked out of the Woodstown Station. He got married in September.

Gov. Chris Christie has ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff.

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