They gave their lives upholding our tradition of Honor, Duty, Fidelity.
Badge: # 442
Died: 6-9-1937; Newcomb Hospital, Vineland, Cumberland Co.
Cause: Cycle Accident
Site: Injured 6-7-1937;Centerton Rd., Deerfield, Cumberland Co.
Stationed: Troop "A" Malaga
Service Time: 7 years 11 months
Resided: Vineland, Cumberland Co.
Joseph Perry was born in Larchmont, New York on January 18, 1900 , moving to New Jersey in 1927. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, he was a soldier by profession, serving in the United States Army, 16th Infantry, from 1917 to 1929. He resided in Vineland, Cumberland County, New Jersey.
Trooper Perry enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on July 1, 1929 as a member of the 20th State Police Class and was assigned to Troop "A", Malaga. His service with the Department was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful, energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.
Trooper Perry's death was the result of injuries received in a motorcycle accident in the line of duty.
At 10:00 a.m. on June 7, 1937, Trooper Perry was on motorcycle patrol on the Elmer-Centerton Road at Centerton, Salem County. He was heading south toward Bridgeton when he was struck by a Model "T" Ford Sedan that came out of a private driveway, tossing Trooper Perry about 5 yards.
Trooper Perry suffered a compound fracture of both bones in his right leg, just below the knee, and deep lacerations of his calf and thigh. He was immediately taken to Newcomb Hospital in Vineland. However, his injuries developed a "gas bacillus" infection and Trooper Perry died on June 9, 1937 at 3:50 a.m.
Trooper Perry served 7 years and 11 months with the New Jersey State Police.
Trooper Perry was survived by his wife and daughter. He was 37 years old.