Bayonne Police Department honors fallen officers

A plaque commemorates the lives of four officers who died in the line of duty

In recent years, the Bayonne Police Department has made a concerted effort to ensure that members of the force who have died in the line of duty are never forgotten. On Aug. 25, another step was taken to remember those heroes.

A plaque commemorating fallen police officers was installed on the wall outside Police Headquarters.

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“Today is a special day at the Bayonne Police Department,” Chief of Police Robert Geisler said. “With the help of our dedicated maintenance staff, we are now able to display this commemorative plaque that honors the members of the Bayonne Police Department who have died in the line of duty.”

The plaque commemorates the lives of four officers: Police Officer Thomas Hunter who died in Dec. of 1920, Police Officer Hugh O’Donnell who died in July of 1926, Police Officer Stanley Zendarsky who died in July of 1930, and Police Officer Joseph Brameyer who died in June of 1970.

A long time coming 

According to Geisler, this tribute is long overdue.

“These men gave their lives in the service of our community,” Geisler said. “We are forever grateful to them and their families.”

The plaque is hung on the 27th Street side of headquarters.

Geisler thanked retired Bayonne Fire Captain Mike Whitney for donating the plaque to the BPD.

A dedication ceremony will be held sometime after Labor Day, depending on COVID-19 conditions.

“God Bless these public servants who paid the ultimate price for our city, their families, and all the men and women of our great Police Department,” Geisler said.

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