Law enforcement honors fallen Hudson County Sheriff’s officer

Hundreds came out for the funeral of Lieutenant Matthew Vogel who died from COVID-19

Police officers from throughout the region joined family and friends of Lieutenant Matthew Vogel to honor his life of service to the community. Lieutenant Vogel served as a Hudson County Sheriff’s Officer for 22 years and was laid to rest on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at Crest Haven Cemetery in Clifton.

“It was heartwarming to see the incredible turnout for Lieutenant Vogel and his family after his tragic passing last week,” said Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari. “Lieutenant Vogel touched so many lives throughout his career in law enforcement, and the legacy he left behind will never be forgotten.”

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Vogel passed away on Dec. 27, 2021 due to complications from COVID-19, according to Schillari.

Vogel began service as a member of the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office in 1999. He was promoted to Detective in 2007, then Sergeant in 2011, and finally to Lieutenant in 2017.

“The entire Hudson County Sheriff’s Office today mourns the passing of a great man, friend and exemplary public servant in Lieutenant Matthew Vogel,” Schillari said in a statement. “Lieutenant Vogel served the people of Hudson County with great honor over the course of his distinguished career. I had the pleasure of working alongside him for 22 years and he will forever be an icon in our office.”

Life of service

Schillari said Vogel has served the community well since before he was a part of the Sheriff’s Office. Vogel had been a member of the North Bergen Emergency Medical Services having joined in 1990, prior to becoming a law enforcement officer.

“He always put the needs and safety of our community first, going back to 1990 when he became a member of the North Bergen EMS,” Schillari said.

Officers mourn Vogel.

At the Sheriff’s Office, Vogel was not only a Lieutenant, but also a Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) commander.

“He wore many hats, working as SWAT commander, a member of the accident reconstruction and investigation unit, heading the newly formed high water rescue team and he was in charge of our radio communications system,” Schillari said.

Law enforcement agencies from across Hudson County were quick to offer their condolences to Vogel, including departments in North Bergen, Secaucus, and Union City. And many officers from those same departments poured out to honor Vogel on Jan. 4.

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