They gave their lives upholding our tradition of Honor, Duty, Fidelity.
Anthony Raspa was born in 1991 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. A lifelong Highland Park resident, he graduated from Bishop George Ahr High School in Edison, New Jersey. Anthony was a peer leader, played football and was captain of the wrestling team. He also received the “Greater Middlesex County Sportsmanship Award.” He graduated from the University of Delaware in 2012, where he participated in the “Around the World Study Abroad Program,” was a member of the crew team and the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.
Trooper Raspa enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on October 4, 2013, as a member of the 152nd Class and was assigned to Troop “C” Red Lion and Hamilton Stations. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and honorable devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.
Trooper Raspa died as a result of injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident in the line of duty.
On May 30, 2017, at approximately 12:48 am, Trooper Raspa’s patrol car struck a deer on I-195 near mile marker 9 in Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County. His car left the roadway and collided with a tree. He was transported to CentraState Medical Center in Freehold where he died from his injuries.
Trooper Raspa served with the New Jersey State Police for 1 year and 7 months.
He is survived by his parents and three sisters. Anthony Raspa was 24 years old.