Flags in NJ half-staff for Manchester patrolman
Flags at all New Jersey state buildings lower to half-staff Friday in memory of Manchester Police Officer Scott R. Thompson, who died suddenly at age 47 last week.
Thompson is being given a posthumous elevation to Corporal, the rank for which township police say Thompson had been scheduled to receive.
The Beachwood resident's death followed a workout in the police department gym.He was brought to his final resting place Thursday. Surviving are a wife and two daughters.
Thompson's career in law enforcement began with a Special Officer's post in Seaside Park, followed by completion of training at the Ocean County Police and Fire Academy in Waretown. He had also served on the South Toms River and Lakehurst forces before joining the Manchester department in 1999.
Thompson was the recipient of numerous awards and commendations, including a Meritorious Service award in 2014.
“Officer Thompson ‘s selfless devotion to public service and the protection of others makes him a hero and a true role model for all New Jerseyans. It is appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to recognize his commitment to the welfare and safety of others, to mark his passing, to honor his memory, and to remember his family as they mourn their tragic loss,” Governor Christie said in a prepared statement.