In 2 vastly different New Jersey towns, police officers' deaths underscore job's dangers

David Porter / The Associated Press
July 18, 2014 03:26 AM

A fire department official places bunting under the police department sign at the Waldwick Public Safety Building in Waldwick, N.J. on Thursday, July 17, 2014 in memory of Police Officer Christopher Goodell, with Memorial Day wreaths already in place. Goodell, 32, was killed in his unmarked police car on the shoulder of Rt. 17 South when it was hit by a tractor-trailer earlier in the day. (AP Photo/, Kevin R. Wexler)

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Hundreds of police officers are gathering in New Jersey's second-largest city to bury a police officer who was gunned down in the line of duty.

Gov. Chris Christie is among the mourners scheduled to attend Friday's funeral in Jersey City for Officer Melvin Santiago. The 23-year-old rookie was killed Sunday in what authorities have called an ambush. His assailant was killed during a subsequent shootout.

The city on Thursday promoted Santiago to the rank of detective and posthumously awarded him the department's medal of honour.

Meanwhile, the town of Waldwick also is mourning a police officer.

Patrolman Christopher Goodell was killed early Thursday when his unmarked car was struck by a tractor-trailer.

The truck driver has been charged with vehicular homicide.

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