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Hero Down: Northfield Police Officer Jonathan Scull Dies While Working On His Car

Atlantic County, NJ – Northfield Police Department (NPD) Officer Jonathan “John” Scull died on Aug. 30 after he was injured while working on his vehicle while off-duty, according to his family.

Details regarding the tragic accident that killed the 27-year-old officer were not immediately released.

The NPD confirmed Officer Scull’s death in a press release the following day.

“On behalf of the Northfield Police Department, it is with tremendous grief we announce the untimely passing of Officer Johnathan Scull #658,” the department said.

The Northfield native graduated from Mainland Regional High School in 2014, according to his obituary.

He earned an associate’s degree in science from Atlantic Cape Community College, followed by a certificate in mortuary science from Mercer County Community College.

He then served as a funeral director.

Officer Scull, the son of a New Jersey State Police trooper, successfully completed the Atlantic County Police Academy and joined the NPD in 2020, Northfield Police Chief Paul Newman said in a press release.

“John truly loved his police officer comrades, and strived to be the most compassionate police officer one could be,” his obituary read.

The NPD said Officer Scull was “undoubtedly going to be a great asset to the Northfield Police Department and the City of Northfield as a whole.”

“May you rest in peace Officer Scull #658. You will be greatly missed. We have the watch from here,” the police department said.

Officer Scull leaves behind his parents, William and Helen, as well as his girlfriend, Millie, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his siblings, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Officer Scull was laid to rest on Sept. 5.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Northfield Police Department Officer Jonathan “John” Scull, 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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