A police officer in Mount Arlington, New Jersey was on routine patrol in the early hours of this morning when a drunk driver coming the other way lost control of his vehicle, crossed the lane and crashed intoĂ‚Â Officer Joseph Wargo’s marked Ford Crown Victoria.
The 38-year-old officer was flown to hospital but pronounced dead shortly after the accident.
Michael Cassella, aged 29, has been arrested and charged withĂ‚Â aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and speeding.
Keith Licata, the boroughĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s acting police chief, said of Wargo: “Joe was a fun-loving guy with a heart of gold. He would help anybody and he was a very dedicated police officer.”
I personally knew four officers in my force who were killed on duty in road traffic accidents, one by a drunk driver, and another by someone who didn’t have the common sense to slow down in dangerous conditions and ploughed into someone I used to work with as he dealt with another collision. There were others during my career who I didn’t know personally.
You go to work every day and expect to come home every night.
Rest in Peace, brother.