On May 7, 1995 Township of Franklin Police Sergeant Ippolito “Lee” Gonzalez badge number 1107 succumbed to gunshot wounds received in the line of duty. On this day the Township of Franklin Police lost one of its finest. Sergeant Gonzalez made the ultimate sacrifice defending the residents of Franklin Township while in the performance of his duties. In order to honor the fallen officer a scholarship fund was established at Delsea High School. Each year two (2) graduating seniors (male and female) are awarded $1,500.00 scholarships to further their education in the field of law enforcement.
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End of Watch Sunday January 31,1932
Patrolman Duer was struck and killed by a drunk driver while working a special detail with the New Jersey State Police. He had made a traffic stop of a vehicle whose lights were too bright. As he examined the driver’s license he was struck by a vehicle traveling on the wrong side of the roadway. The driver of the vehicle was arrested and charged with DUI and manslaughter. He was convicted and sentenced to 30 days in jail and received a $100.00 fine.
Officer Levy was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance. Officer Levy was a member of a county-wide Critical Incident Team, which had been called to the domestic dispute after incident turned into a standoff. Officer Levy entered the home as part of the SWAT team and was attempting to locate the suspect, who was in a closed bedroom.
As Officer Levy approached the door, the suspect fired, shooting through the door, and struck Officer Levy in the head. Officer Levy, who was wearing body armor, was transported to a local hospital where he died at approximately 0800 hours. After the shooting the suspect committed suicide. The suspect had been convicted of a weapons violation in 1995 and was prohibited from possessing any firearms.
Officer Levy had been with the agency for 13 years and is survived by his wife and two children, ages 2 and 5.