NEW JERSEY (WTXF) Hundreds of family members, friends and fellow police officers turned out Thursday night at a fallen officer's memorial in Burlington County to pay tribute to Trooper Sean Cullen who died Tuesday morning in the line of duty. His sister Jenn said as a boy he thought he could fly and that he was invincible, a super hero.
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"It was impossible for him to gain those wings when he was here on earth. We're so happy that now he's watching over us. He gained super hero strength," she said.
The 31-year-old trooper was struck by a car while he was on the scene of a car fire along I-295 in West Deptford. He succumbed to his injuries hours later. Trooper Cullen fulfilled his life-long dream of joining the state police two years ago. He served before that on the Westhampton and Mount Holly police departments.
Many of those who turned out for the vigil knew Trooper Cullen or his family personally. He was a star college and high school wrestler from Cinnaminson. Clearly he touched many hearts in his short life. Police officers from across South Jersey came to salute their fallen comrade. Many told stories and shared fond memories.
Trooper Cullen is survived by his fiancée, a 9-month-old son, his mother and father as well as two brothers and a sister. His brother is also with the State Police. His father Eamon had the final words from the family.
"I love each and every one of you. Thank you is all U can say. Thank you, thank you, thank you."