Manchester Township Police Cpl. Scott R. Thompson, who passed away unexpectedly last month, was honored Friday, May 15, at the 24th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Day Observance.
Cpl. Thompson’s name was added to the Ocean County Honor Roll monument at the Ocean County Police Academy. His name joins others who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the line of duty, including Manchester Ptl. Robert T. Tobias who was struck and killed by a drunk driver on Route 70 on May 17, 1975.
Among those in attendance were Cpl. Thompson’s wife, Tracey and daughters Kelsey and Sidney, Chief Lisa Parker, members of the police department’s rank and file and Manchester Mayor Kenneth Palmer. Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little presented a proclamation in honor of those law enforcement officers who gave their lives while serving, and Rev. James Occhipinti offered the keynote address.
During the ceremony, student musicians from Point Pleasant Borough High School and the OCVTS Performing Arts Academy performed. Manchester’s Honor Guard unit joined those from other municipalities in the presentation of colors.
“We’re tremendously grateful for all of the support and well wishes we’ve received over the past month since Cpl. Thompson passed away. The addition of his name to the Ocean County Honor Roll is a fitting tribute to this distinguished officer and proud member of the law enforcement community,” said Chief Parker.