May 23, 2018

Mayor Bhalla Honors Fallen Officers During Police Week

Hoboken, NJ - Friday, May 18th, 2018

Dear Residents,

This week, we honor law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives in the line of duty. Police Week and Police Officers Memorial Day date back to 1962, and the annual tradition honors the more than 21,500 officers who were killed in the line of duty throughout the history of our country.

Since Hoboken Police Department’s inception in 1855, seven of our officers have fallen.

It’s with a heavy heart that we commemorate their sacrifice. They are:

PTLM. Charles Gebhardt        End of Watch: July 26, 1898

PTLM. John J. Condon           End of Watch: August 15, 1902

PTLM. Bernard Murray          End of Watch: October 2, 1918

PTLM. William Gudehus        End of Watch: October 10, 1918

PTLM. Joseph M. Jaeger        End of Watch: July 6, 1924

PTLM. Patrick J. Lane            End of Watch: March 9, 1928

PTLM. Thomas F. McIntyre   End of Watch: October 6, 1951

We are fortunate that we have not lost any officers in more than 60 years, but that does not mean they’ve all been spared from harm.

On average, an officer is assaulted in the US every nine minutes. It’s not enough to simply honor the fallen, we must respect those currently serving.

From August 2017 to January 2018, 15 of our officers were attacked, mostly at night by intoxicated bar patrons. It’s why one of my first acts as Mayor was to crack down on establishments that encouraged reckless behavior during SantaCon. As a result, Hoboken saw one of its most peaceful LepreCons to date, thanks to bar owners working with our police department to ensure public safety.

I hope Hoboken will continue to respect the well-being of our officers as we honor the legacy of those we’ve lost.

Very truly yours,

Ravi Bhalla

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