They gave their lives upholding our tradition of Honor, Duty, Fidelity.
William G. Fearon was born in 1967 in Kearney, New Jersey and graduated from Seton Hall Prep. In 1995, he moved to Cedar Grove, New Jersey.
Lieutenant Fearon enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on September 23, 1994, as a member of the 114th Class. He was assigned to various stations in Troops “B” and “D,” Troop “B” Operations, Troop “B” Tactical Patrol, and the Marine Services Bureau. He was dedicated to creating and delivering training for all law enforcement officers such as active shooter scenarios, rapid response tactics and active counter measures. 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.
Lieutenant Fearon died as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty from his response to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Trooper Fearon was assigned to the recovery efforts on Ground Zero in New York City. Exposure to the dust and debris he encountered directly resulted in a cancer diagnosis in 2015. On December 28, 2016, Lieutenant Fearon succumbed to Glioblastoma, which is a type of brain cancer.
Lieutenant Fearon served 22 years and 3 months with the New Jersey State Police.
William Fearon was survived by his mother, brother, wife and two children. He was 49 years old.