Monday 27 March 2017

Irish-born US police officer and father-of-one killed in fiery car collision while on duty

Fellow state troopers pay their respects following the death of Sean Cullen (inset)
Fellow state troopers pay their respects following the death of Sean Cullen (inset)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Tributes are being paid to an Irish-American police officer and father-of-one who was killed while attending a car fire in New Jersey last night.

Sean Cullen (31) lost his life when he was struck by a vehicle passing the scene of an active car fire. There were several fire and police vehicles at the scene at the time, 6ABC report. 

It is understood the stopped vehicle that was on fire was also struck in the collision; the impact of the crash causing the burning vehicle to spin.

Mr Cullen was transported to hospital by helicopter where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Another two women were hospitalised after the incident but their conditions are unknown.

The incident occurred on the Interstate 295 in Deptford Township and is currently under investigation.

Today, we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Trooper Sean E. Cullen #7594, who was tragically...

Posted by New Jersey State Police on Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Mr Cullen is survived by his fiancé, his 9-month-old son, mother, father, two brothers, and a sister.

He was born in Dublin in 1985 and emigrated to the US with his family when he was three years old.

The New Jersey State Police trooper began his career in the State Police in 2014 after graduating from college with a degree in Criminal Justice in 2007 and working as a police officer and a patrolman for several years.

The young man's death was announced this morning by state police who wrote online: "Today, we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Trooper Sean E. Cullen #7594, who was tragically killed in the line of duty as a result of a motor vehicle crash last night on Interstate 295 in Deptford Township."

Mr Cullen has been described as "honorable, loyal, and faithful". He was also a man who was proud of his Irish heritage and his family.

Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police Colonel Rick Fuentes said today: "It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of Trooper Sean Cullen, who made the ultimate sacrifice while helping those in need.

"We ask that you keep Trooper Cullen's family, friends and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers as we deal with this painful loss."

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