Officer Goodell was parked on the shoulder of Route 17, running radar, when the semi swerved onto to the shoulder and collided with the back of the patrol car. The patrol car was then pushed into a retaining wall.
An off duty deputy from out of state was the first to arrive at the collision and immediately began providing aid to Officer Goodell.
Officer Goodell was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Waldwick Police Department for five years. He was survived by his fiancee.
Funeral arrangements:Viewing will be held from 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Monday, July 21st at St. Luke’s Church, 340 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho Ho Kus, New Jersey 07423. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, July 22nd at 11:00 am, interment to follow at St. Luke’s Cemetery.
A Scholarship Fund has been set up for Officer Goodell here:
The Christopher Goodell Scholarship Fund
c/o PBA Local 217
P.O. Box 166
Allendale, NJ 07401
Waldwick Police Department
Motor Vehicle Crash
Veteran: US Marine Corps