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NJ State Trooper II Philip Lamonaco remembered 42 years after line-of-duty death

KNOWLTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – New Jersey State Police Colonel Patrick J. Callahan and a contingent of troopers Thursday joined the family of Trooper II Philip Lamonaco, who was shot and killed in the line of duty 42 years ago, to celebrate his life and legacy.

Family and friends gathered at the fallen trooper’s memorial on Interstate 80 in Knowlton Township.

(Photo Credit | NJSP)
(Photo Credit | NJSP)

On Dec. 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.

Trooper II Lamonaco served 11 years and 1 month with the New Jersey State Police.

“Our prayers and thoughts remain now and always with the Lamonaco family,” 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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