Governor Chris Christie has signed “Patrolman Joseph Wargo’s Law,” legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to create of a roadside memorial program honoring New Jersey emergency personnel and law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
“Patrolman Joseph Wargo’s Law,” sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco, was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. The legislation is named after Joseph Wargo (pictured), a Mount Arlington police officer killed by a suspected drunk driver. (Cliffview Pilot/Ptl. Thomas Borgia)
“For the friends and family of heroes like Patrolman Joseph Wargo, there is little we can do to ease the pain and heartbreak that endures long after their tragic loss,” Senator Bucco said. “What we can do is offer a longstanding tribute expressing our gratitude for their service and sacrifice. By creating a permanent roadside memorial program, we are ensuring that those who have paid the ultimate price to guard their neighbors from harm are never forgotten by those they died to protect.”
Sen. Bucco’s “Patrolmen Joseph Wargo’s Law” directs the Department of Transportation to establish a roadside memorial program honoring fallen police officers, sheriffs, EMS workers and firefighters. At no cost to taxpayers, the program allows municipal and law enforcement officials, or the next of kin to request that the department sponsor a memorial sign by submitting an application to the DOT.
The law is named in honor of Mount Arlington Police Officer Joseph Wargo who was struck and killed in 2011 by a driver who was suspected to be under the influence at the time of the fatal crash.