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Hero Down: 23-Year-Old Plumsted PD Officer Joseph Engrassia Dies Unexpectedly

A 23-year-old Plumsted police officer died unexpectedly.

New Egypt, NJ – Plumsted Police Department Officer Joseph Engrassia died unexpectedly at his home on the morning of May 6, the department said.

Officer Engrassia, 23, joined the Plumsted Police Department on Dec. 3, 2015, and was a member of the Patrol Division, according to the agency’s Facebook post.

“Joe was highly respected within our department and was someone we all could depend on,” the department said. “Joe was more than a coworker to us here, he was a friend and brother to us all.”

Officer Engrassia began his law enforcement career in April of 2014, when he was appointed as a seasonal officer with the Seaside Heights Police Department, according to the agency aid in a Facebook post.

“Joey was a friend to many and a brother to all of us at the Department,” the Seaside Heights PD said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Engrassia family, his friends and co-workers during this difficult time.”

Officer Engrassia’s brother, Ocean Gate Officer Jason Marles, also began his law enforcement career at the Seaside Heights Police Department, the Berkeley Patch reported.

On Thanksgiving Day in 2010, Officer Marles died in a traffic collision, after he was struck by a drunk driver.

“My family has been through so much over these last few years after losing Jay and I'm sad to say that the world lost another beautiful soul, our ‘Joey,’” his sister, Samantha Marles said in a post. “Joey was an amazing son, brother, and friend... Not sure how to get through this again but please hold on to your love ones close you never know what tomorrow holds.”

A fundraising account has been established to assist Officer Engrassia’s family with unexpected funeral costs.

He will be laid to rest on Tuesday, according to his department.

What is in the water in NJ? All these officers dying "suddenly"? Rest in peace, brother.

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Strange so many dying like this..Makes one wonder.

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How did he die? Did he slip and fall on a falsified court document?

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You are sick pathetic shame on you

@today is the day your right today is the day you sound like an asshole

REST IN PEACE

Today is the day you never been where he or any other LEO has been,due to the freak facts you could NEVER STAND THAT TALL. You are a cripple in your pathetic life .

GOD BLESS YOU MY BROTHER !!! RIP, AND FECK OFF YOU POS, today is the day, pathetic coward !!!!!!

To die so young is so sad...May God comfort him!!!

You today_is_the_day are a real coward and a real POS, May God Bless the Family of Officer Engrassia. My sympathies to the family to have to endure such a real idiot at your time of loss. RIP Brother your fellow officers have the watch from here.

It's unfortunate that he died. But was Officer Engrassia a hero? I saw no distinct actions in his career that merit him being lauded as a hero. His death is certainly a tragedy, but not every police officer is a hero. Mark Fuhrman isn't a hero. He's a convicted liar and racist. Michael Slager is a murderer and a racist. This officer has done nothing to merit being a hero. He was brave, but a hero. He died before he could become a hero.

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EVERY DAY A LEO PUTS ON HIS VEST, BADGE AND HAT HE IS A HERO, PROTECTING THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY. WHEN THEY ANSWER EACH AND EVERY CALL, THEY PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR YOU!!!! AMERICA, START APPRECIATING!!!!

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