They gave their lives upholding our tradition of Honor, Duty, Fidelity.
Badge: # 1754
Site: NJ Turnpike MP # 45 NB, Westhampton Twp., Burlington Co.
Stationed: Troop "D" Moorestown
Service Time: 4 years 3 months
Resided: Burlington Co.
Anthony J. Lukis, Jr. was born in Burlington, New Jersey on April 29, 1936. After graduating high school, he attended Rider College in Trenton, New Jersey. Prior to enlisting in the New Jersey State Police, he was employed in building construction. He served in the United States Military from 1956 to 1959.
Trooper Lukis enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on February 5, 1962 as a member of the 59th State Police Class and was assigned to Troop "A". He was later transferred to Troop "D" Moorestown. 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 Lukis died as a result of gunshot wounds while in the performance of duty.
At 1:40 a.m. on May 4, 1966, Trooper Lukis stopped behind a vehicle that was parked at milepost 45 on the northbound shoulder of the New Jersey Turnpike in West Hampton Township, Burlington County. Trooper Lukis struggled with another man between the Troop car and the parked car which resulted in Troop Lukis being shot six times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Trooper Lukis served 4 years and 3 months with the New Jersey State Police.
Trooper Lukis was survived by his wife, three sons ages 2, 4 and 6 and two daughters ages 8 and 3 months. Trooper Lukis was 30 years old.