Condolences poured in all day from Democratic Party leaders mourning the death of Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich.
Mr. Froehlich died last night at 83.
John Currie, Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, issued the following statement regarding the longest-serving County Sheriff in New Jersey history:
“I am saddened by the passing of Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich. In his 13th three year term, Sheriff Froehlich, a fixture in his community, was working hard to improve the quality of life in Union County before many of its residents were even born.
“Although the length of Sheriff Froehlich’s service distinguishes him, it is the gravity of his responsibilities, his innovative solutions to law enforcement problems, and his constant dedication that made him such an extraordinary career professional.”
“For example, among his many accomplishments, the Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program (S.L.A.P.), which Sheriff Froehlich launched, successfully balanced the interests of nonviolent offenders and the needs of municipalities, reduced incarceration and labor costs and, thereby, saved taxpayers millions of dollars.
“New Jersey is a better place thanks to Sheriff Froehlich’s unwavering efforts to keep the residents of Union County — children, seniors, victims of domestic violence, as well as his fellow law enforcement officers — safer and more secure. I know he will be greatly missed.”
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued a statement.
“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich,” Booker said. “We mourn the loss of a great leader who will be remembered for his dedication to making our communities safer. From his time as an Elizabeth police officer to his tremendous work as Union County sheriff, his list of accomplishments in law enforcement – and life – is long. His legacy includes work to protect children, providing resources for victims of domestic violence, and launching an alternative program to incarceration for non-violent offenders. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) issued the following statement:
“Today, the residents of Union County lost a devoted civil servant. Sheriff Froehlich served over three decades as Sheriff and worked tirelessly at improving the quality of life on behalf of the people of Union County. My sympathies go out to his wife Marlene, their children, family and friends. The Sheriff’s passion and commitment to serve others will be missed by all.”
U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-10) released the below statement.
“Sheriff Froehlich was a great man and an incredible public servant. Following his eight years of service in the United States Marine Corp, he had sought a career in law enforcement. He had faithfully served as Sheriff of Union County since 1977 and was in his thirteenth term. Sheriff Froehlich was a pioneer in law enforcement, starting many programs to protect the county, including gun safety programs for children and teens; ‘Union County’s Most Wanted’ television program, which led to the apprehension of over 80 Union County murderers and felons; established the Missing Persons Unit and Domestic Violence Unit; and launched a K-9 Search and Rescue Unit.
“From his time in the U.S. Marines to becoming the longest-serving County Sheriff in New Jersey history, Ralph has for decades set the standard for what it means to defend and protect. He will be remembered for his commitment to keeping the people and families of Union County safe and for always working toward the betterment of the community. My thoughts and prayers go out to Sheriff Froehlich’s family, to the Union County Sheriff’s Department, to the people of Union County, and to all the people who loved and respected Ralph. His leadership will truly be missed.”