Retired NY officer dies in NJ helicopter crash

The helicopter went down at about noon near an agricultural research site


By Joe Trinacria
The Philadelphia Inquirer

TRENTON, N.J. — A retired New York City police officer was killed when his helicopter crashed and was engulfed in flames Saturday in an abandoned field near Trenton, police said.

The helicopter went down at about noon at the corner of Clarksville and Quakerbridge Roads on the former property of American Cyanamid, an agricultural research site, in West Windsor Township.

The victim was identified as Michael Scarfia, 65, of Staten Island, N.Y.

"Scarfia dedicated his life to the city of New York as a police officer, and by diverting his failing helicopter into the cornfield and away from crowded shopping malls, he again showed his bravery and dedication to others," West Windsor police said in a statement.

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