Hero Down: NJ State Trooper Brian McNally Killed Coming Home From Military Drill

A New Jersey state trooper was killed in a fiery car wreck on Sunday night.

Greenwich Township, PA – Off-duty New Jersey State Trooper Brian McNally died in a fiery two-vehicle accident on Sunday night, as he was traveling home from his weekend drill as a reservist with the United States Marine Corps.

Trooper McNally, 30, was driving along 1-78 eastbound at approximately 6:30 p.m., when traffic began to slow for an active construction zone, the Bernardsville Patch reported.

As the trooper moved from the left lane into the right lane, he struck the rear end of a tractor-trailer, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper David Beohm said.

The impact caused the trooper’s vehicle and the trailer to burst into flames. Both became engulfed.

Trooper McNally was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, police said.

"The men and women of the state police are devastated by the tragic loss of Trooper McNally,” Colonel Patrick Callahan, acting superintendent of the New Jersey State Police said, according to WFMZ. "Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his family. Brian's life was a testament to his dedication to service of both state and country."

Trooper McNally graduated from the state police academy on Aug. 29, 2014, and was working out of the Washington Station, the agency said in a statement on Monday.

He was also a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps.

“My heart goes out to the family of Trooper McNally and to the Troopers and Marines who served with him,” Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said, according to the state police. “He lived his life in service to New Jersey, to his country, and to the safety and security of all of us.”

“It is with great sadness and gratitude that we honor his memory,” Grewal added.

The investigation into the fatal collision was being conducted by the Pennsylvania State police.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New Jersey State Trooper Brian McNally, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

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LSawasky
LSawasky

Hi_estComnDenomn
I had the honor to meet and become a part of his life.
BRIAN MCNALLY IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE A HERO
I have no idea why you would make such an ignorant statement at this time
I hope you never need a First Responder however, if you ever do you remember
this that person will arrive ASAP which makes them a Hero
You know nothing of this WONDERFUL MAN THAT WE HAVE LOST
WAY TO SOON Well we all now know you are not a nice person
Have respect for his Family, Friends and Co-workers

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LSawasky
I'm sorry for your personal loss. But he was not on the way to stop a crime. If any other jerk on the road hit another vehicle fast enough to explode, you would think that person was being selfish and endangering other people. The situation doesn't change just because he's a cop and you knew him.

LSawasky
LSawasky

Hi_estComnDenomn
This will be the last time I have any comments for you because your such an ASSHOLE “The situation” as you call it Brian was not a HERO because he was a cop and I knew him, It was because he served his country for many years and put his life in danger every day he worked as a State Trooper (not a cop) The training for the Marines & The State Police is so beyond your comprehension you wouldn’t last 5 minutes of training for either They call accidents for a reason they are accidents maybe you need to pick up a dictionary to look up the word Apparently you were never taught by your parents that If you have nothing nice to say then say nothing You are not sorry for his Family, Friends & Co-Workers loss because if you were you would drop this No one cares for your opinion & others on this forum have said So Grow up and stop being jealous because you will never be a HERO!!!!!!! Leave this alone I will not be checking this forum again because you are an ignorant jerk who is so insecure and you feel the need to be a douchbag and make sure everyone knows you wonderful opinion Grow a pair and drop it for the respect of all who loved him

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LSawasky
First off, i was a vet. Quiet down about understanding another vet, unless you were a vet or cop yourself.

Second, nothing i said took away from his accomplishments. And he was driving recklessly from how i read this article. You didn't address that at all, so im bringing it back up. If this was anyone else that you didn't know, you would hopefully say the same that they were a danger to other drivers on the road.

Third, get your emotions in check.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Probably was tired from a long drive from drill. I knew guys that drove in over 6 hours to the base. To think that troll cock smoker would even mention suicide. But that's what he does here. Cause controversy and speculation. Thanks to the anonymity of the internet, the world is filled with these ass hats.

Sun2Sea
Sun2Sea

Hi_estcommn, you have only the facts provided in the article. The comments you have made here come very close to libel. To libel a man who is dead and not able to defend himself is despicable and irresponsible. It's just as likely he was attempting to avoid the vehicle in front of him and that was why he was changing lanes. But the point is, we don't know. You have an agenda on these pages and it's clear that you will use any means to cast an ugly shadow on the lives of LEOs, even the dead, which is just creepy and ghoulish. A captain in the Marine Corps and dedicated law enforcement officer deserves better, as do his loved ones, than to read your trash.

Sun2Sea
Sun2Sea

Hi_estcomndemon, your response to @LSawasky are truly laughable. 1)No veteran that I know has as vile a character, as exposed in your comments here. 2) You assumed reckless driving to suit your agenda. There is no evidence in the article that leads to that conclusion, only your warped imaginations. The combustion could have been caused by what was being hauled on the truck, but that wouldn't occur to you since you've been blinded by what? Jealousy, inadequacy, just plain hate? 3) If some loud mouthed anti LEO troll attacked the actions and cause of death of a friend, I would be equally as emotional. You are attacking good men and women and will find no slack in pointing out your errors here. As one grows weary of you, 10 more will take their place.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Det_John_Kimble Where did i mention suicide?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Sun2Sea First off, the car caught fire, not the truck. Nothing on the truck would have caught just the car on fire.

And how do you figure he wasn't driving recklessly? He rear-ended another vehicle at a presumably high speed relative to the truck.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

It was in your initial comment. Either now deleted or edited. Its what you do.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Det_John_Kimble Now you're just lying. Stop that.

GodsDisciple
GodsDisciple

@Hi_estCommDenomn May God grant you more grace than you are capable of offering. Your judgmental and holier-than-thou comments are disgraceful!! Not to mention your lack of decorum is appalling. Regardless of how this young man was driving or what the circumstances are, this was not the venue for you to air out your personal, self-righteous opinions! God bless the entire McNally family on this horrible tragedy and loss!! Thank you John McNally for your service and dedication to our state and country.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Oh yes this was it.

{He 'was killed', or 'killed himself'?}

NOW go fuck yourself you idiot.

GodsDisciple
GodsDisciple

He is not worth our time or energy. Better spent on sending prayers, love and positive thoughts to the entire McNally family and our beloved troopers who mourn his passing!! God bless you all!!