HO-HO-KUS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Hundreds turned out Tuesday to bid an emotional, final farewell to a New Jersey police officer who was killed in the line of duty.
Gov. Chris Christie was among the mourners paying their respects to Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell at St. Luke’s Church in Ho-Ho-Kus.
Officer Goodell is the first Waldwick police officer to die in the line of duty, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported.
“My brother will be on your front line as he was here, guardian angel looking down on all he loved,” Goodell’s sister Nicole said at the service.
Projectors and speakers broadcast the service to mourners spilling onto streets surrounding the church.
“Several years ago, he helped my brother and he took kindness and helped my brother rather than put him in harm’s way and I’ll never forget that,” one mourner told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.