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9/24/2019 - Sheriff Invites Public to Attend Oct. 18 Somerset County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

Sheriff Invites Public to Attend Oct. 18
Somerset County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

SOMERVILLE – The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office is unveiling a new memorial honoring fallen officers from Somerset County.

The public is invited to the Veterans Memorial plaza next to the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove St. for a Somerset County Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony on Friday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m. to honor officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The event will include a flag presentation by the Sheriff’s Honor Guard, music by the Somerset County Police Pipes & Drums, a New Jersey State Police flyover, and guest speakers.

"This is a meaningful tribute for our fallen officers who gave their lives while serving the citizens of Somerset County," said Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano. “We invite you to join us as we honor their memory and service to our communities.”

Families of fallen officers are asked to contact Sheriff’s Confidential Aide Patt Mihailoff at 908-231-7135 or

The following fallen Somerset County law enforcement officers will be honored during the ceremony:


Police Officer Manning T. Crow Somerville 1/18/1899
Police Officer Julius Sauter
State Trooper Robert E. Coyle
State Police 12/8/1924
Chief of Police Charles Brendon Cavanaugh Bernardsville 9/8/1931
Police Officer Samuel J. Kriney Bound Brook 10/29/1931
State Trooper Michael J. Beylon State Police 2/22/1932
State Trooper Vincent C. Vosbein State Police 6/19/1938
Patrolman George Dunham Franklin Township 7/10/1960
Patrolman John Lebed Franklin Township 7/10/1960 
State Trooper Thomas J. Hanratty State Police 4/2/1992
Sheriff's Officer Ron Yeager Somerset County 7/10/2000
Police Officer Matthew J. Melchionda Watchung 3/8/2006