Remembering NJ Trooper killed in the line of duty and his wife


On Friday’s show, I spoke about the passing of Maureen Gonzalez. She was the widow of a New Jersey State Trooper whose custody ended on October 24, 1997.

After her husband was taken from us, Maureen became active in supporting others who had lost their spouses. She was a tireless worker, admired by friends and peers, and held in high regard by New Jersey law enforcement.

His light will surely be missed.

As we honor the life of Maureen Gonzalez, it is important to understand her perspective by remembering her husband who served five years as a state trooper before his life ended at the age of 35.

Private Gonzalez was chasing a suspect when the guy pulled up to a dead end. As the officer cornered the suspect, the guy rammed the officer’s car which deployed the airbags and blocked the doors.

Trapped in his patrol car, Private Gonzalez was shot five times by the suspect.

The soldier managed to fire a few shots before the end of his life, showing that he fought until the end.

New Jersey State Police

New Jersey State Police

Fortunately, there are heroes like Private Gonzalez and his wife Maureen in the world. We miss them but we can take comfort in the fact that they are united, this time in a better place.

There is a thin line between civilization and savagery and that line is blue.

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of Bill Spadea, host of New Jersey talk show 101.5. All opinions expressed are those of Bill. Bill Spadea is on the air weekdays from 6-10 a.m., speaking from Jersey, taking your calls at 1-800-283-1015.

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