They gave their lives upholding our tradition of Honor, Duty, Fidelity.
Badge: # 1534
Cause: Auto Accident
Site: Rt. 206 Andover Twp., Sussex Co.
Stationed: Troop "B" Newton
Service Time: 1 year 5 months
Resided: Denville, Morris Co.
Ronald E. Gray was born on June 29, 1935 in Hackensack, NJ and resided in Denville, Morris County. He attended Rutherford High School and studied journalism at Rutgers University before he enlisted in the Marine Corps. Serving three years, he was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant.
He enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on July 15, 1957 as a member of the 52nd Class and was assigned to Troop “B”. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principals of the New Jersey State Police.
Trooper Gray died as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident while in the performance of his duty.
On December 1st, 1958, while on routine patrol, Trooper Gray was proceeding south on State Highway 206 in Andover Township, Sussex County. His troop car ran off the right shoulder of the road on a curve and struck a concrete bridge abutment. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Trooper Gray served 1 year and 5 months with the New Jersey State Police.
Trooper Gray was survived by his wife. He was 23 years old.