(cnbnews.net)END OF WATCH SERVICE-The Gloucester City Police Benevolent Association Local 40 along with the City of Gloucester City dedicated a memorial plaque in honor of Gloucester City Police Officer Frederick Blackburn on Friday, May 18th, 2012 at the Police Administration Building, 313 Monmouth Street.
In the long history of the Gloucester City Police Department, Officer Blackburn is the only local officer that has been killed in the line of duty. The Patrolman was struck by a hit-and-run driver on March 6, 1946 as he walked his beat at the intersection of Cumberland and Atlantic Streets. According to a report in the Gloucester City News, Officer Blackburn was found lying on Cumberland Street by William Hasty, of 519 Hunter Street. Hasty took the injured officer to his home and called a doctor. The following day is condition had gotten worst and the officer was transported to Cooper Hospital where he died from internal injuries 8 days later. Blackburn, who was 75 years old, had served as a Patrolman for 34 years. He was survived by his wife and six children.
Gloucester City Pollice Chief George Berglund (far left) was the MC. Patrolman Wm.
Johnson, (second from right) and Sgt. Jason Flood organized the event. Mayor William James apologized on behalf of the citizens of Gloucester City to the family members (pictured) for taking 66- years to honor their grandfather and cousin.
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