They gave their lives upholding our tradition of Honor, Duty, Fidelity.
Badge: # 585
Cause: Cycle Accident
Site: Hamburg Turnpike (Rt. 23) Pompton Lakes, PassaicCo.
Stationed: Troop "B" Pompton Lakes
Service Time: 1 year 3 months
Resided: South Belmar, Monmouth Co.
James R. Herbert was born in Belmar, New Jersey on September 1, 1909. He attended Asbury Park High School and graduated in 1927. He resided in South Belmar, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Trooper Herbert enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on April 16, 1931 as a member of the 24th State Police Class and was assigned to Troop "B", Pompton Lakes. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.
The death of Trooper Herbert resulted from injuries received in a motorcycle accident in the line of duty.
Trooper Herbert was returning to his sub-station at Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, on July 9, 1932. Approximately 4 miles from his sub-station on the Hamburg Turnpike, an International Motor Truck, carrying children from 8 to 12 years of age to a local day-camp, was stopped in the extreme right lane at a slight angle awaiting a chance to make a left turn. Trooper Herbert attempted to pass this truck and he lost control of his motorcycle and swerved across the highway, striking a Willys Knight Sedan that was travelling in the opposite direction.
Trooper Herbert's motorcycle then struck a curb, throwing him clear of the motorcycle and down a slight embankment. Trooper Herbert died instantly.
Trooper Herbert served 1 year and 3 months with the New Jersey State Police.
He was survived by his parents and two brothers. He was 24 years old.