They gave their lives upholding our tradition of Honor, Duty, Fidelity.
Badge: # 4575
Rank: Trooper I
Site: NJ Turnpike Carteret Toll Plaza at interchange 12, Middlesex Co.
Stationed: Troop "D", Cranbury
Service Time: 15 years 7 months
Resided: Hamilton Twsp., Mercer County
Christopher S. Scales was born on November 20, 1962 in Hamilton Township, New Jersey where he resided all his life. He was a graduate of Hamilton High School West, Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Trooper Scales enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on May 7, 1987 as a member of the 107th Class and was stationed in Troop “C”. He was stationed at Troop “D” Cranbury at the time of his death. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty and faithful and energetic devotion to the high principles of the New Jersey State Police.
Trooper Scales died as a result of injuries received while in the performance of duty.
At approximately 11:15 am on Tuesday, December 3, 2002, Trooper Scales was standing on the toll island at the Carteret Toll Plaza, exit 12, of the New Jersey Turnpike. He was working on a four-person detail aimed at increasing seat-belt compliance by motorists. He was hit by the rear wheels of a tanker truck as it pulled away from the toll booth and was dragged 40 feet between the rear wheels of the vehicle. Trooper Scales was pronounced dead at the scene.
Trooper Scales served 15 years and 7 months with the New Jersey State Police.
He is survived by his wife, a daughter and two sons. Trooper Scales was 40 years old.