STATE POLICE OFFICIALLY DEDICATE KINGWOOD STATION IN MEMORY
OF FALLEN TROOPER SCOTT GONZALEZ
Acting Governor DiFrancesco & Col. Dunbar Open Newest State Police
Facility Serving Hunterdon County Region
Kingwood Twsp. - Acting
Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco and Colonel Carson J. Dunbar, Jr.,
Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, today joined state
troopers, law enforcement and government officials and area business
and community leaders from the Hunterdon County area to officially
open and dedicate the new Troop "C" Kingwood State Police Station.
The station was dedicated to the memory of fallen Trooper Scott
M. Gonzalez (Badge #5059) who was killed in the line of duty on
Oct. 24, 1997.
It's an honor to participate
in today's services and to dedicate the Kingwood Station to not
only the memory of Trooper Scott Gonzalez, but to the day-in and
day-out efforts of each trooper who puts his or her life on the
line every day protecting New Jersey's citizens," Acting Governor
Officially opened on May 1,
the Kingwood Station replaced the outdated Flemington Station and
is centrally located on state highway 12 in Kingwood Township. Troopers
from the Kingwood Station provide full-time police services to the
towns of Alexandria, East Amwell, Kingwood and the boroughs of Milford
and Stockton - an area encompassing over 93 square miles. Station
personnel also provide part-time police services to Delaware, Frenchtown
The 5,100 square foot
Kingwood Station was built to State Police specifications by a private
contractor. The state leases the facility at a cost of $95,000 per
The Kingwood facility is part
of a comprehensive infrastructure program undertaken by the Department
of Law and Public Safety and the State Police to either rebuild
or refurbish many of the 32 State Police stations located around
the state. The infrastructure program allows for the modernization
of State Police facilities, including the installation of state-of-the-art
communications and computer equipment as well as to accommodate
female troopers and employees and the handicapped.
With 38 troopers currently
assigned, the Kingwood Station is under the command of Lt. Daniel
W. Kempinski and Assistant Station Commander SFC James M. Asprocolas.
In dedicating the Kingwood
Station, the Acting Governor and the State Police Superintendent
recalled the career of the 62nd New Jersey State Trooper to die
in the line of duty - Tpr. Scott M. Gonzalez who died as a result
of an atrocious assault and murder.
Col. Dunbar noted that
on the day of his death, Tpr. Gonzalez was responding to a report
of a domestic dispute at the Riverside Mobil Home Park located in
the Delaware section of Knowlton Township, Warren County. While
en route to investigate the report, Tpr. Gonzalez was notified that
the subject of the complaint had left the scene and was armed with
a 12-gauge shotgun. The subject, who had a long history of mental
illness, was believed headed to his girlfriend's place of employment
to shoot her and her child.
Moments later, Tpr. Gonzalez
observed the subject traveling eastbound on US Route 46 near Great
Meadows, Independence Township, Warren County. Tpr. Gonzalez radios
his location and follows the vehicle down a dirt road into a remote
area in Mansfield Township - the last radio transmission made by
Tpr. Gonzalez. At the end of the desolate road, the suspect deliberately
rammed Trooper Gonzalez's marked patrol vehicle, pinning him inside.
Troopers quickly respond and, within moments, locate Tpr. Gonzalez
in his patrol vehicle, the victim of multiple gunshot wounds.
Trooper Gonzalez, 35,
of Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County graduated the 113th class
in January, 1993. After completing training at the State Police
Academy, Tpr. Gonzalez was assigned to general road duty patrol,
working out of various stations, including the Sussex, Netcong and
Perryville stations. He was assigned to the Troop "B" Hope Station
at the time of his death.
During his assignment
with the New Jersey State Police, Tpr. Gonzalez received 14 letters
of commendation from the Superintendent for excellence in the performance
of duty and numerous letters of appreciation from citizens praising
him for his response in a time of need.
Trooper Gonzalez was
the first state trooper to be murdered in the line of duty since
Aug., 1985. Sixty-two troopers have been killed in the line of duty
since the State Police was created in 1921.
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