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NJ State Trooper II Philip Lamonaco remembered 40 years after line-of-duty death

KNOWLTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, and a contingent of troopers Tuesday joined the family of Trooper II Philip Lamonaco, to celebrate his life and legacy.

Trooper II Lamonaco was shot and killed in the line-of-duty 40 years ago Tuesday.

Family and friends gathered at the fallen trooper’s memorial on Interstate 80 in Knowlton Township. The memorial is located at the site where Tpr. II Lamonaco was shot and killed during a motor vehicle stop.

On December 21, 1981, at around 4:35 p.m., Trooper II Lamonaco was on patrol traveling west on Interstate 80 in Knowlton Township when he stopped a vehicle at milepost 5. During the stop, a gun battle ensued and Trooper II Lamonaco was shot nine times. He was taken to Mount Pocono Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

During the ceremony, Donna Lamonaco, Trooper II Lamonaco’s widow, her daughter Sarah, and her son, New Jersey State Police Sergeant First Class Michael Lamonaco reflected on how Phil Lamonaco was not just a great trooper, but a great man as well.

(Photo Credit | NJSP via Facebook)

Colonel Callahan, who served as SFC Lamonaco’s Trooper Coach when he graduated from the Academy 21 years ago, offered words of hope and reaffirmed to the Lamonaco family that they will forever be a part of the State Police family, and that, “We will never forget.”

Trooper Eric Baumann, of the Massachusetts State Police, honored us with his presence at the annual ceremony. The Massachusetts State Police played an integral role in the investigation of Trooper II Lamonaco’s murder, and we appreciate that our fellow troopers from the north have not forgotten our loss.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain now and always with the Lamonaco family as we hope that peace and comfort come to them during the holiday season,” 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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