Hero Down: 23-Year-Old Plumsted PD Officer Joseph Engrassia Dies Unexpectedly

A 23-year-old Plumsted police officer died unexpectedly.

New Egypt, NJ – Plumsted Police Department Officer Joseph Engrassia died unexpectedly at his home on the morning of May 6, the department said.

Officer Engrassia, 23, joined the Plumsted Police Department on Dec. 3, 2015, and was a member of the Patrol Division, according to the agency’s Facebook post.

“Joe was highly respected within our department and was someone we all could depend on,” the department said. “Joe was more than a coworker to us here, he was a friend and brother to us all.”

Officer Engrassia began his law enforcement career in April of 2014, when he was appointed as a seasonal officer with the Seaside Heights Police Department, according to the agency aid in a Facebook post.

“Joey was a friend to many and a brother to all of us at the Department,” the Seaside Heights PD said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Engrassia family, his friends and co-workers during this difficult time.”

Officer Engrassia’s brother, Ocean Gate Officer Jason Marles, also began his law enforcement career at the Seaside Heights Police Department, the Berkeley Patch reported.

On Thanksgiving Day in 2010, Officer Marles died in a traffic collision, after he was struck by a drunk driver.

“My family has been through so much over these last few years after losing Jay and I'm sad to say that the world lost another beautiful soul, our ‘Joey,’” his sister, Samantha Marles said in a post. “Joey was an amazing son, brother, and friend... Not sure how to get through this again but please hold on to your love ones close you never know what tomorrow holds.”

A fundraising account has been established to assist Officer Engrassia’s family with unexpected funeral costs.

He will be laid to rest on Tuesday, according to his department.

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John-Brown
John-Brown

What is in the water in NJ? All these officers dying "suddenly"? Rest in peace, brother.

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

Strange so many dying like this..Makes one wonder.

today_is_the_day
today_is_the_day

How did he die? Did he slip and fall on a falsified court document?

bearsmommy1950
bearsmommy1950

You are sick pathetic shame on you

61mouse
61mouse

@today is the day your right today is the day you sound like an asshole

Resa
Resa

REST IN PEACE

Resa
Resa

Today is the day you never been where he or any other LEO has been,due to the freak facts you could NEVER STAND THAT TALL. You are a cripple in your pathetic life .

teo5floyd5
teo5floyd5

GOD BLESS YOU MY BROTHER !!! RIP, AND FECK OFF YOU POS, today is the day, pathetic coward !!!!!!

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

To die so young is so sad...May God comfort him!!!

Fiveo8822
Fiveo8822

You today_is_the_day are a real coward and a real POS, May God Bless the Family of Officer Engrassia. My sympathies to the family to have to endure such a real idiot at your time of loss. RIP Brother your fellow officers have the watch from here.

Marxest
Marxest

It's unfortunate that he died. But was Officer Engrassia a hero? I saw no distinct actions in his career that merit him being lauded as a hero. His death is certainly a tragedy, but not every police officer is a hero. Mark Fuhrman isn't a hero. He's a convicted liar and racist. Michael Slager is a murderer and a racist. This officer has done nothing to merit being a hero. He was brave, but a hero. He died before he could become a hero.

Mfreeman61
Mfreeman61

EVERY DAY A LEO PUTS ON HIS VEST, BADGE AND HAT HE IS A HERO, PROTECTING THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY. WHEN THEY ANSWER EACH AND EVERY CALL, THEY PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR YOU!!!! AMERICA, START APPRECIATING!!!!

PSNJ1776
PSNJ1776

I do not know this officer. I have nothing bad to say about him. But, as brought up here previously, what makes him a "hero"? Just because you managed to land this specific job, does not make you a hero. You do this job for the pay and the benefits. Most cops are egomaniacal sociopaths... scientifically, it's what draws them to the job. I know, I used to be one, and my department was swamped with those tyrants. I quit after suing my department for falsifying my reports and destroying official police records. If police want America to start appreciating them, they need to start honoring their oaths rather than serving their own interests. You dont become a hero simply by doing the job you are paid to do. You become a hero by going above and beyond your duty. When you accepted the badges that the people entrusted you with, you became public SERVANTS, not masters of the universe. So stop with the "hero" entitlement nonsense and remember your proper place. Recite your oath to yourself every day. THAT is your job.

PSNJ1776
PSNJ1776

Can you make any logical comments, or just sling unfounded insults? Your ignorance is typical of your snowflake culture of arrogance.

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

If your definition of a logical comment is that mess up there you just upchucked, then no. You have 0 basis for any of that. By your logic, everyone in the projects eats watermelon and drinks Koolaid and is black, everyone that is white owned slaves and are descendants of the filthy rich, and all Hispanics are Mexican illegals doing roof work. Sure there are a few bad eggs in all occupations. If you ever really were in law enforcement you know that stuff not to be true, you sound like a disgruntled employee here to bitch. You'll get no sympathy here bud.

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

he·ro ˈhirō/Submit noun 1. a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

This sounds like the average policeman to me. Every day on the job your life is on the line, that in itself is much more than what the average person will ever experience, including most people in the armed forces, and even some special forces that never see action (to their disappointment I might add). Some only train on the gun range their entire military career. The real world gun range is a much scarier place. Of course, you might have been a radio cop that hid out behind abandoned buildings dodging calls, and holding open a civil matter call until lunch time to steal lunch break from those working hard. I worked with a few ones like that. I've also served in the armed forces, and have great respect for people in both occupations.

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

@today_is_the_day Karma is a bitch, watch your ass.

PSNJ1776
PSNJ1776

YOU WOULD think that the definition you provided "sounds like your average policeman". Gimme a break. "Admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities"??? You sure think highly of yourself. According to F.B.I. statistics, an innocent person is 9x more likely to be wrongfully killed by a police officer than murdered by a terrorist. There's your zero basis... you show such contempt for the very fact that all I said "up there" was that you're not automatically a "hero" for putting on a costume and pinning a piece of tin to your shirt. You seem to utterly resent the statement that a cop's JOB is to serve the people, not to impose their will for "officer safety" in lieu of keeping their oath. Your resentment of the truth, rather than how you would prefer to be revered, adored, and worshipped, shows how unstable and unhinged you are, and how unfit you are to be in ANY position where the public should depend on you or anyone like you to feel safe. The tendency of cops to think of themselves as "warriors" whose job it is to go out and kick ass on the streets is a very problematic culture among American police, ESPECIALLY among veterans who have been GIVEN jobs as cops. Military veterans have absolutely no business being police officers on America's streets. These men and women are trained to kill, put in combat situations dealing with enemy combatants, then brought home and set loose in anytown U.S.A.. They have been trained to see EVERYONE and EVERYTHING as a threat. Their oath to the Constitution is lost in the shadow of those perceived threats. They act with "officer safety" as priority rather than enforcing the law and upholding the Rights of the people. I respect veterans, especially combat veterans as much as anyone else, but their training and experience simply makes them unfit to deal with the public in a civilized, peaceful manner.

Of course, I speak generally. Your analogies are just as ridiculous as the rest of your comments, more intent on insulting me than making a valid point. You CAN'T make a valid point, which is of course why you sling unfounded insults in lieu of intelligent retorts. So, if you've got some semblance of a logical statement to make, please do so... if not, just go back to worshipping yourself in your bedroom mirror.