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Hero Down: Bayonne Police Department Captain Paul Jamolawicz Dies Unexpectedly While On Duty

Bayonne, NJ – Bayonne Police Department (BPD) Captain Paul Jamolawicz died in the line of duty on Nov. 11, according to city officials.

The 61-year-old police captain was on shift on Nov. 11 when he “died unexpectedly,” Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis said in a press release on Monday.

Capt. Jamolawicz’s family said he passed away “while protecting the city he loved so much,” according to his obituary.

His exact cause of death was not immediately released.

Capt. Jamolawicz devoted 37 years of his life to his law enforcement career.

“It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the death of Bayonne Police Department Captain Paul Jamolawicz,” Bayonne Police Chief Robert Geisler said in a Facebook post. “Captain Jamolawicz died unexpectedly tonight while on-duty serving our community.”

“On behalf of the City of Bayonne and the Bayonne Police Department, I would like to express our condolences to the Jamolawicz Family,” Chief Geisler added.

Capt. Jamolawicz graduated from Bayonne High School before earning a criminal justice degree from New Jersey City University, according to his obituary.

He joined the BPD in 1985, and received seven Excellent Police Service Awards and three commendations during his nearly four-decade career.

“Paul’s love of family and this city was evident every day of his life and his friendship will be sorely missed,” Davis told the Hudson Reporter. “Please keep Paul’s family in your thoughts and prayers, as well as our great Police Department… Rest in Peace Paul.”

Capt. Jamolawicz leaves behind his wife, Jeanne, and his children, Lori and Paul, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his mother, siblings, aunt, in-laws, nephews, nieces, and friends.

“Paul loved his family with all his heart and soul, and will be missed forever by those that had the honor and privilege to know him,” his obituary read.

Capt. Jamolawicz will be laid to rest on Nov. 17.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families Bayonne Police Department Captain Paul Jamolawicz, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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