New Egypt, NJ – Plumsted Police Department Officer Joseph Engrassia died unexpectedly at his home on the morning of May 6, the department said.
“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.”
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.”
He will be laid to rest on Tuesday, according to his department.