Retired Atlantic City, NJ police officer dies in motorcycle crash

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A retired Atlantic City police officer died in a motorcycle crash Thursday morning.

Little Egg Harbor Police said the retired Police Sgt. Joseph Falcone, 54, was turning left from Zion Road onto Central Avenue on his Harley motorcycle at around 11:45 a.m. when a Ford pickup truck making a left turn from Zion Road on Central Avenue passed in his way.

Falcone suffered multiple traumatic injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the van, William Wellington, 39, of Egg Harbor Township, was not injured in the crash.

“The men and women of the Atlantic City Police Department mourn the loss of retired Sergeant Joseph Falcone. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Stacey, an Atlantic City Police Sergeant, and their children,” the department said.

Falcone dissuaded a 46-year-old man from jumping out of the Caesars Atlantic City parking lot in 2017 and spoke to him for almost two hours before he could quickly and safely pull him off a ledge.

His action earned him the 200 Club of Atlantic and the Cape May Counties Award of Valor in 2018.

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