Thursday, July 31, 2014

Move To Rename Hwy. Portion To Honor Fallen Hero

Senator Kevin O’Toole and Assemblymen David Russo and Scott Rumana (all R-40) introduced today legislation to create the “Christopher Goodell Memorial Highway” along State Route 17 in Waldwick in memory of the fallen hero.

“The profound sadness shared by people all across District 40 has not mitigated since this senseless tragedy, since we all lost a true local hero and his family lost their beloved son,” O’Toole said. “This act can instill the lasting honor that Christopher deserves in memory of his selfless service and sacrifices for us all.”

Waldwick Police Officer Goodell, a former U.S. Marine, was killed in the line of duty on July 17, when a tractor trailer struck the 32-year-old while he was operating radar on Route 17. The WHS graduate of 2000 was engaged to be married.

"Words cannot describe the remorse everyone feels over the tragic loss of Officer Goodell,” Russo said. “He was the epitome of selfless public service. Commemorating his name is one way no one will ever forget the honor with which he served."

"Officer Goodell's life was marked by service,” Rumana said. “Whether putting himself in harm's way in the military or serving as a police officer, his life was dedicated to protecting others. His dedication to keeping us safe will never be forgotten as we fittingly pay tribute to a fallen hero."

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