Rest In Peace, Trooper Eli McCarson

The flags at all state buildings will fly at half-staff on Wednesday, December 23 in recognition and mourning of New Jersey eliState Trooper Eli McCarson, according to Gov. Chris Christie.

Trooper McCarson died on Thursday morning in a car accident while responding to a report of a juvenile in mental distress in Salem County. Born in Washington Township, Trooper McCarson lived in Blackwood. He joined the New Jersey State Police as a graduate of the 155th Class of the New Jersey State Police Academy on February 20, 2015, and was a initially assigned to Port Norris Station and then to Woodstown Station.

“Trooper McCarson was a loving and devoted husband, son, and brother, whose memory will live in the hearts of his family, friends, and fellow members of the New Jersey State Police,” said the Governor. “Trooper McCarson served his State with courage, professionalism, and commitment to the finest ideals and traditions of the New Jersey State Police. It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Trooper McCarson, and we extend our sincere sympathy to his family, friends, and fellow members of the New Jersey State Police.”

The full executive order from the Governor’s Office is printed below:

WHEREAS, New Jersey State Trooper Eli McCarson was born in Washington Township, New Jersey, and lived in Blackwood, New Jersey; and WHEREAS, Trooper McCarson joined the New Jersey State Police as a graduate of the 155th Class of the New Jersey State Police Academy on February 20, 2015;

and WHEREAS, Trooper McCarson was initially assigned to Port Norris Station, and then to Woodstown Station;

and WHEREAS, on December 17, 2015, Trooper McCarson tragically passed away following a motor vehicle accident that occurred while he was on duty and responding to an incident;

and WHEREAS, Trooper McCarson was a loving and devoted husband, son, and brother, whose memory will live in the hearts of his family, friends, and fellow members of the New Jersey State Police;

and WHEREAS, Trooper McCarson served his State with courage, professionalism, and commitment to the finest ideals and traditions of the New Jersey State Police;

and WHEREAS, it is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Trooper McCarson, and we extend our sincerest sympathy to his family, friends, and fellow members of the New Jersey State Police;

and WHEREAS, it is appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to mark Trooper McCarson’s passing and to honor his memory;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHRIS CHRISTIE, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

1. The flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 in recognition and mourning of a brave and loyal hero, New Jersey State Trooper Eli McCarson, Badge 7775.

2. Furthermore, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:3-12, the flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at the State House during appropriate hours in recognition of the life and in mourning of the passing of Trooper Eli McCarson.

3. This Order shall take effect immediately. GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 18th day of December, Two Thousand and Fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States, the Two Hundred and Fortieth. [seal] /s/ Chris Christie Governor

Rest In Peace, Trooper Eli McCarson