They gave their lives upholding our tradition of Honor, Duty, Fidelity.
Rank: Detective I
Site: Westville, Gloucester Co.
Stationed: Division Headquarters - Narcotics Bureau
Service Time: 14 years 2 months
Resided: Mays Landing, Atlantic Co.
Albert J. Mallen was born on January 16, 1949 in Pleasantville, New Jersey and resided in Mays Landing, New Jersey. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, he was a stock clerk. He also held a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. He was a Vietnam Veteran, having served with the United States Marine Corps from November 1968 to August 1970.
Detective I Mallen enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on June 26, 1971 as a member of the 85th State Police Class and was assigned to Troop "A" Port Norris. He was later transferred to Division Headquarters in the Investigation Section's Narcotics Bureau. 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.
Detective I Mallen died as a result of gunshot wounds received in the line of duty.
At approximately 7:05 a.m. on August 28, 1985, Detective I Mallen was executing a search warrant in conjunction with a narcotics raid in Westville, Gloucester County, New Jersey. He was shot once in the face by a 12 gauge shotgun while peering around the corner of a door and was killed instantly.
Detective I Mallen served 14 years 2 months with the New Jersey State Police.
Detective I Mallen was survived by his wife, a 16 year-old daughter and two sons, 14 years and 7 years-old.