Off-duty NJ cop killed in single-vehicle crash
Christopher L. Blackburn, 38, lost control of his vehicle and hit a utility pole for unknown reasons
By Wallace McKelvey
The Press of Atlantic City
BRIDGETON, N.J. — An off-duty Bridgeton police sergeant was killed early Saturday in a single-vehicle crash in Pittsgrove Township, police said.
Christopher L. Blackburn, 38, was a 12-year veteran of the department who was promoted to sergeant in 2008, said Capt. Michael A. Gaimari, in a written statement.
According to the State Police, Blackburn was driving a red 2006 Ford Explorer on County Road 540 at 12:43 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons and struck a utility pole. The investigation is ongoing.
Gaimari said Blackburn, who previously served as a K-9 officer, was also president of the police union's Superior Officers Association.
"He will surely be missed and remembered fondly by all who had the opportunity to work with him," he said.
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