23-Year-Old Plumsted PD Officer Joseph Engrassia Dies Unexpectedly
Plumsted Police Department Officer Joseph Engrassia died unexpectedly at his home on the morning of May 6, the department said.
Officer Engrassia, 23, joined the Plumsted Police Department on Dec. 3, 2015, and was a member of the Patrol Division, according to the agency’s Facebook post.
"We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of our own today. On the morning of 5/6/2018 Patrolman Joseph Engrassia passed away, he was 23 years old. Joe was hired on December 3rd 2015 and has been a member of the Patrol Division throughout his career in Plumsted. Joe was highly respected within our department and was someone we all could depend on. Joe was more than a coworker to us here, he was a friend and brother to us all. We are devastated and saddened by this and our thoughts and prayers are with Joe's family and friends during this difficult time.
The department will have no further comment on this out of respect for Joe's family and loved ones."
“Joe was highly respected within our department and was someone we all could depend on,” the department said. “Joe was more than a coworker to us here, he was a friend and brother to us all.”
Officer Engrassia began his law enforcement career in April of 2014, when he was appointed as a seasonal officer with the Seaside Heights Police Department, according to the agency aid in a Facebook post.
"The Seaside Heights Police Department is saddened to announce the passing of Patrolman Joseph Engrassia, he was 23 years old. Joseph started his career with the Seaside Heights Police Department in April 2014 where he was appointed as a Class II seasonal officer until he was hired by the Plumsted Township Police Department in December 2015. Joey was a friend to many and a brother to all of us at the Department. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Engrassia family, his friends and co-workers during this difficult time."
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“Joey was a friend to many and a brother to all of us at the Department,” the Seaside Heights PD said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Engrassia family, his friends and co-workers during this difficult time.”
Officer Engrassia’s brother, Ocean Gate Officer Jason Marles, also began his law enforcement career at the Seaside Heights Police Department, the Berkeley Patch reported.
On Thanksgiving Day in 2010, Officer Marles died in a traffic collision, after he was struck by a drunk driver.
“My family has been through so much over these last few years after losing Jay and I'm sad to say that the world lost another beautiful soul, our ‘Joey,’” his sister, Samantha Marles said in a post. “Joey was an amazing son, brother, and friend… Not sure how to get through this again but please hold on to your love ones close you never know what tomorrow holds.”
A fundraising account has been established to assist Officer Engrassia’s family with unexpected funeral costs.
He will be laid to rest on Tuesday, according to his department.
Social media reactions:
Bella Bichon Ptl Engrassia- We are all deeply saddened by your passing. Your service to the citizens of Plumsted and your dedication to law enforcement will never be forgotten. May your fellow officers, family and friends be comforted by these many expressions of love and support. Joe, may you forever find peace in the arms of our Lord
John P. LaRussa May he RIP in the presence of god, and may the lord watch over all the brave men and women that protect and serve this great country of ours . My deepest condolences to the family , friends and colleagues of this officer.
Holly Forsyth-Breese Sending prayers and condolences to his family and the rest of Plumsted Police Department. May he rest in peace