As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.
Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
December 30, 2003
Officer Hit, Killed by New Jersey Transit Train
Officer Down: Arthur Olsen - [Dover, New Jersey]
WABC - TV New York
A bizarre tragedy involving a
police officer in Dover, New Jersey. The officer was directing
emergency crews to a fire when he was hit by a New Jersey Transit
train. Puzzled detectives admit the circumstances are sketchy.
This apparently started when police got a call about a fire on the
train tracks. It was about 9:00 p.m.
Officer Arthur Olsen responded and started directing fire trucks to
the scene. He was hit by a westbound New Jersey Transit train.
Emergency crews on the scene were able to start treating the officer
right away, and he was air lifted to an area hospital, but his
injuries were too severe. He was pronounced dead about 45 minutes
after the accident.
Investigators are trying to figure out how officer Olsen did not hear
or see the oncoming train. But at this point in the investigation, it
looks like it was a tragic accident.
Thirty passengers on board the train were taken off and escorted to
Dover train station.
Officer Olsen's had been on the police department for some time, and
had also been a volunteer firefighter for 15 years. His father had
been the Dover police chief.
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