Lehighton, PA – Swoyersville Borough Police Department (SBPD) Officer Andrew “AJ” Jones died in a single-vehicle collision on Dec. 22.
The 25-year-old officer was off-duty in Mahoning when he lost control of his vehicle, crossed the roadway, and crashed into a tree on a lawn on Mill Street at approximately 2 a.m., the Times Leader reported.
He was rushed to St. Luke’s Gnaden Huetten Hospital, but died of his injuries before he could be loaded onto a helicopter to be transported to a trauma center.
“It is with the deepest regret and the heaviest of hearts that the Swoyersville Borough Police Department announce the very untimely passing of one of our own,” the SBPD said in a press release later that morning.
“Our sincerest condolences are pledged to his family and fiancé during this time of grief. The law enforcement community has truly lost a great officer!!” the department said. “Rest in peace 7963. We will take it from here!!”
Officer Jones served with the Summit Hill Police Department, the Exeter Police Department, and the Wyoming Police department prior to joining the SBPD less than three months ago, according to his obituary.
“Andrew was just starting to make himself known in our community in a positive way,” the Swoyersville Borough said in a Facebook post. “He was a friendly police officer who wanted nothing more than to be a police officer for Swoyersville Borough and he felt very lucky to work for Swoyersville.”
“In his 2 1/2 short months he spent with us, he left a lasting impression that may never be forgotten,” the borough said.
Officer Jones also spent time working as a firefighter, having joined the Wyoming Hose Company No. 1 at the age of 18.
“He worked his way up to the Borough Fire Chief and was now serving as the Deputy Chief” of the Wyoming Hose Company No. 1, according to his obituary. “He was a member of the Jenkins Twp. Fire Dept. Exeter Fire Dept., Summit Hill and Diligence Fire Dept. of Lehighton.”
The fire company said that Officer Jones devoted his life to helping others.
“His service was something you would read about in books, or watch in movies. He lived to serve the residents throughout the area,” the Wyoming Hose Company No. 1 wrote in a Facebook post. “Andrew's legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone he's impacted throughout his time with us. He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
In addition to his fiancé, Erin, Officer Jones also leaves behind his parents, siblings, grandparents, and many friends and extended family members.
He will be laid to rest on Saturday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Swoyersville Borough Police Department Officer Andrew “AJ” Jones, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.