Marcellus Bethea, a New Jersey State Police trooper, died during training

Tragedy struck the New Jersey State Police when Trooper II Marcellus E. Bethea, a valued member, lost his life while training at NJSP headquarters in Ewing, Mercer County.

The incident, which occurred Sunday, has the law enforcement community and local leaders mourning the loss of a dedicated public servant.

Governor Phil Murphy expressed deep sorrow upon learning of Trooper Bethea’s passing. “Tammy and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Marcellus Bethea, a New Jersey state trooper, who died while training at NJSP headquarters in Ewing,” Murphy said in a statement, offering condolences to Bethea’s family and loved ones .

Bethea, an eight-year veteran of the NJ State Police assigned to Troop D at the Moorestown Station, was in training to join the elite TEAMS Unit, a specialized SWAT team within the State Police. Established in 1978, the TEAMS unit handles critical police emergencies ranging from hostage situations to counter-terrorism operations.

Despite being in excellent physical condition, Bethea’s sudden death during training shocked his colleagues and superiors.

“He was a man of action, he led by example,” noted Major Michael Krzyzkowski, Troop D, New Jersey State Police, describing Bethea as a respected and motivated officer.

New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin also paid tribute to Bethea’s dedication and service, saying: “Trooper Bethea demonstrated a passion and spark for service from an early age… he embodied honor, duty and loyalty in the highest form every day and in everything he did.” did.”

The circumstances surrounding Trooper Bethea’s death remain under investigation, with authorities withholding details pending the results of an autopsy.

Meanwhile, condolences are pouring in from several quarters, including the Northern Burlington County Regional School District, where Bethea was a valued community member during his high school years.

Trooper Bethea leaves behind a wife and young daughter, leaving a void not only in their lives, but in the hearts of those who knew him. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced as state police and the local community prepare to say goodbye to a dedicated officer who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of his state and its people.

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