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NJ State Police recruit dies after training exercise

NEW JERSEY – A recruit in the New Jersey State Police Academy who was hospitalized on Nov.25 after participating in a training exercise died Monday, according to state police.

“It is with great sadness that Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, announces that Recruit Lucas C. Homeijer, 27, of Boonton, NJ passed away after sustaining an injury during training at the New State Police academy, ” state police said.

On Wednesday, November 25, Recruit Homeijer, who was a member of the 161st New Jersey State Police Academy Class, was engaged in an active countermeasures/boxing bout with a fellow classmate at the State Police academy in Sea Girt Borough, Monmouth County and during the bout, he lost consciousness, state police said.

Academy staff immediately stopped the exercise, rendered first aid, and contacted emergency medical services to respond. Recruit Homeijer was transported to a local area hospital where he received treatment for several days before succumbing to his injuries, state police said.

“The circumstances surrounding this incident are under review, and no further information is being provided at this time,” state police said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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