As reported by NJ.com, a small memorial service was held at the East District Precinct in Jersey City to remember a veteran lieutenant fatally struck by a vehicle on the New Jersey Turnpike. Lt. Christopher Robateau, 49, was driving to work on January 5 when he was involved in a minor crash with a truck. Officials say he got out of his vehicle to check on the other driver and died when he was hit by a pickup truck.
Police Officers joined Robateau’s three sons, wife, and dog for the memorial, where his photo was on display beside candles and cross inside the station. Robateau was a 23-year veteran with the Department who was recalled as being one of the city’s best officers. His sons gave emotional eulogies at his funeral, describing their father as the greatest man they’ve ever know.
This is yet another example of another New Jersey public safety officer taken way too soon. Our heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences go out to Lieutenant Robateau’s family and friends as well as the Jersey City Police Department.