Linden, NJ - Linden Police Officer Daniel Kucznyski was struck and killed by a New Jersey transit train early Monday morning, June 12, according to NJ.com.
The incident about 7:40 AM near Stiles Street in Linden. Officer Kuczynski was off-duty when he was killed. He was a 20-year veteran of the Linden Police Department.
He had served as the director of the Linden Police Athletic League for the past nine years. Linden Police Chief Jonathan Parham said, "As police officers, we strive to make a difference, and through his work, Danny had a profound impact on our city's children."
He said "We ask that you keep Danny's family, friends, and co-workers in your thoughts and prayers as we deal with this painful loss. He will be missed."
Linden Mayor Derek Armstead said that "He had a real rapport with with children." He said that his sons had played basketball in the PAL league.
Mayor Armstead said "I don't know what could have been happening, what was going on in his life. When people are having a hard time in their life, you just wish they would reach out to somebody."
In a statement, the Linden Police Department issued an invitation for "all those who knew Officer Kuczynski and were touched by his generosity" to attend a candlelight vigil in his memory. The vigil will be held Tuesday night, June 13, at 7 p.m. in Dobson Park.
Service for the transit train was stopped but was resumed about 11 AM with delays for several routes. Amtrak is conducting the investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Linden Police Officer Daniel Kuczynski, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.