They gave their lives upholding our tradition of Honor, Duty, Fidelity.
Badge: # 1399
Cause: Auto Accident
Site: Rt. 526 Millstone Twp., Monmouth Co.
Stationed: Troop "C" Toms River
Service Time: 6 years 10 months
Resided: Toms River, Ocean Co.
Raymond P. Fiola was born on December 24, 1924 in Wallington, New Jersey and he resided in Toms River, New Jersey.
Trooper Fiola enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on May 1, 1955 as a member of the 48th State Police Class. He was assigned to Troops "C" and "E". He was assigned to Troop C, Riverton and later to the Princeton Substation. His service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.
Trooper Fiola died as a result of an automobile accident while in the line of duty.
At 8:00 a.m. on February 19, 1962, Trooper Fiola was riding with another Trooper to Division Headquarters for In-Training classes. As they were driving their troop car along Route 526 in Millstone Township, Monmouth County, the car began to swerve from side to side when the brakes were applied to slow down for a school bus. As the wheel was turned to miss an on coming vehicle, the troop car ran off the road and slid down the embankment into a tree. Trooper Fiola suffered internal injuries. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Dr. Farmers Hospital.
Trooper Fiola served 6 years and 10 months with the New Jersey State Police.
Trooper Fiola was survived by his wife, a 15 year-old daughter and a 4 year-old son. He was 37 years old.