New Jersey State Trooper killed in line of duty laid to rest

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Family, friends and fellow brothers in blue said goodbye Monday to a New Jersey State Trooper who was killed in the line of duty.

Frankie Williams was laid to rest in Atlantic City. He was killed in a car crash Dec. 6 while responding to an erratic driver complaint.

“Frankie Williams always dreamed of becoming a New Jersey State Trooper. He achieved that goal and quickly earned the admiration and respect of both his supervisors and peers,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “Frankie was a kind, caring person who put others before himself.”

Williams, 31, was new to the force. He graduated the police academy on Jan. 29, 2016 and was assigned to the Port Norris Station.

The 61-year-old man who drove across the median and crashed into Trooper Williams also died.

Trooper Williams previously made headlines in August – just six months into his time on the police force – when he rescued a toy poodle locked in a car on a hot day. Williams smashed a car window to get to the dog, who was suffering from a severe heat stroke.

“The Division lost an exemplary young trooper with the promise of a great career,” Colonel Fuentes said. “A family lost an only child, a wife lost a husband, and New Jersey lost a leader and a role model.”