ENGLISHTOWN – Municipal officials have honored a former Englishtown police officer who died in the line of duty on the 10th anniversary of his death.
On Jan. 4, members of the Borough Council passed a resolution in memory of Christopher Matlosz. The resolution designates Jan. 14, the date of his death, as Christopher Matlosz Remembrance Day in Englishtown.
Municipal officials have taken the action every year since Matlosz was killed in the line of duty.
Matlosz worked as a full-time officer in the Englishtown Police Department from 2004-06. He left his position in Englishtown to join the Lakewood Police Department in Ocean County.
On Jan. 14, 2011, Matlosz, 27, was on patrol in Lakewood when he stopped his patrol car to speak with a pedestrian. Matlosz was sitting in the vehicle when he was shot and killed by the man to whom he was speaking. That individual, Jahmell Crockam, was eventually sentenced to life in prison.
“The governing body of the Borough of Englishtown wishes to record its deep sorrow over the senseless and tragic passing of former Englishtown Police Officer Christopher Matlosz,” officials wrote in the resolution.
“His service to the Borough of Englishtown was given with such dedication and devotion that he has earned the respect, admiration and friendship of all the citizens of our community that had the pleasure to know him,” officials wrote.
Matlosz continues to be recognized and honored each Jan. 14 in Englishtown.