They gave their lives upholding our tradition of Honor, Duty, Fidelity.
Badge: # 305
Cause: Cycle Accident
Site: Injured 8-3-1927; Berlin Sub-station area
Died: 8-4-1927; Cooper Hospital, Camden Co.
Stationed: Troop "A", Berlin Sub-station
Service Time: 1 year 1 month
Resided: Stanhope, Sussex Co.
David Z. Ernst was born on February 7, 1900 in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. He resided in South Plainfield, Middlesex County, New Jersey. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, he was a railroad police officer.
Trooper Ernst enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on September 1, 1926, as a member of the 13th Class. He was stationed at Troop “A” Berlin Sub-Station at the time of his death. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principals of the New Jersey State Police.
Trooper Ernst died as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in the line of duty.
On August 3, 1927, Trooper Ernst was on motorcycle patrol when he suddenly suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and toppled from his motorcycle. He died in Cooper Hospital the following day.
Trooper Ernst served 11 months with the New Jersey State Police. He was 26 years old.