Veteran Teaneck Officer Killed On The Job

Shortly After Saving A Man, Officer Abraham Dies In Accident

TEANECK, N.J. (CBS 2/WCBS 880/1010 WINS) — He was a hero until the end.

Hours after helping a man who was choking and had no pulse, a New Jersey police officer was killed in the line of duty.

The tragic death of Teaneck Police Officer John Abraham — after crashing his police car into a telephone pole early Monday morning — is filled with irony, reports CBS 2’s John Metaxas.

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At around 7:30 p.m. Sunday at a Teaneck kosher steakhouse, Abraham heroically helped save a man’s life.

“He had a very large piece of steak in his mouth, which he was choking on,” hostess Michelle Micek said.

Micek was called over to the table when other patrons saw an elderly customer in crisis. She quickly called 9-1-1.

“They came in immediately. I had servers outside calling them in here. Not a minute after I got off the phone,” Micek said.

Officer Abraham ran in, and began attending to the man, who at first did not have a pulse.

“He remained very calm, tried to give the man CPR. Very calm. He tried to do everything in his power to get the man to breathe again,” Micek said.

Abraham worked at clearing the victim’s throat until paramedics arrived. The choking victim was rushed to Holy Name Medical Center. Ironically, it was the same hospital Officer Abraham would end up at hours later.

His good deed done, Abraham left the restaurant and continued on his double shift.

It was just before 2 a.m., when he crashed his cruiser on Teaneck road — right in front of the police station.

His death choked up his commanding officers.

“An interesting thing his wife said to me was that he died doing what he wanted to do. He always said ‘I want to die at work.’ It’s scary. Awestruck, proud that he died doing something he loved so much, that’s how he did his job,” Teaneck Police Chief Robert Wilson said.

Officer Abraham was pronounced dead at the hospital at the same time the man he helped save from choking was recuperating.

The Bergen County prosecutor is investigating Abraham’s death. They are awaiting autopsy results. Officer Abraham left behind a wife and a 5-year-old son.

Comments

One Comment

  1. PASSERBY says:

    all of you haters can shut up. this was a good man, a family man, a husband and father… WHEN U ARE THE FIRST ONE THERE, JUGGLING 911 AND WRIGGLING YOUR BODY INTO A BROKEN WINDOW TO PREFORM CHEST COMPRESSIONS, JUST TO SEE AND LEARN YOUR EFFORTS ARE FUTILE… THEN TALK SH@T,… IDIOTS.

  2. Meredith says:

    I don’t know that this man’s tragic death should be written about with irony as the main focus. However this officer died, he was doing a job that many of us aren’t brave enough to do. My condolences go out to John’s coworkers, family and of course his wife and son.

  3. m2m says:

    my sympathy goes out to his family,relatives,the community he served and his co-workers

  4. Joe Friday says:

    On a donut run at 2am.

    1. Mouse with more sense than you says:

      Hey Joey Go back to your drunken stupor and perhaps wake on friday with
      a bit more sense than what you’re demonstrating now….MORON

  5. Ali A Siddiqui says:

    My condolences to his family and loved ones.
    he was a nice Cop who will be missed in Teaneck.
    once he did pull us over at 2.30AM for cutting him off abruptly,but was nice enough to understand we didnt see the black police car ,let us go when we apologized and
    just said” please be careful”.

  6. CSI says:

    Yes please bad Samaritan. If you have nothing productive to say post some place else. Everyone is jumping to conclusions when they didn’t say why it happened. So just wait till there is a full story before making smart comments.

  7. MB says:

    Perhaps he suffered a medical condition? Lets not jump to conclusions! My condolences to his family and loved ones.

  8. Widow Maker says:

    could be stuck pedal?

  9. The Good Samaritan says:

    The Good Samaritan has spoken

  10. stop says:

    he most likely was speeding to assist another police man, i think th espeeding to another officer has to stop. Today a policeman is dead, next it will be an innocent person STOP it already there is no need for them to drive 85 doen 25mph street anymore. pull car over and wait for the next PD man to arrive. So it takes 2 or 3 minutes more it may save http://www.kriegsview.com

  11. The Good Samaritan says:

    where was he patrolling at 2am?
    The Good Samaritan has spoken

    1. Sam You Are Not says:

      “Good Samaritan”..You always seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time..you are useless. Perhaps you should consider a new profession.

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