PARAMUS, N.J. — The Paramus Police Department is honoring the 39th anniversary of the death of Police Officer Michael P. McEllen, who was killed in a car crash while responding to a burglar alarm.
McEllen's police cruiser hydroplaned on rain-slicked Route 17 and hit a utility pole, killing him, around 11 p.m. Oct. 3, 1976.
McEllen, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam, was survived by his wife and two children.
The Paramus Police Department asks that everyone take a moment to remember McEllen's sacrifice -- as well as others who have sacrificed their lives for the community and the nation.
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