Ceremony to honor N.J. cops shot down in ambush 41 years ago

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A tribute to three South Jersey police officers who died of injuries in a shooting 41 years ago will be held Monday morning. 

On March 28, 1975, two officers were slain and one was wounded and paralyzed at the hands of a sniper on Garden Street in Mount Holly.  

“Patrolman Donald Aleshire of the Mount Holly police, Patrolman William Wurst of the Hainesport police responded to an area of Garden Street for a suspicious person with a handgun,” said Mount Holly Police Lt. Lieutenant William Fields. “They were met by gunfire and shot by a sniper.”

Mount Holly Officer John Holmes was wounded and paralyzed from the sniper¹s bullets.  He died from his injuries 17 years later.  

Fields said the ceremony planned for the Mount Holly Municipal Building is to show that police never forget.

“It brings back to home that nothing’s guaranteed, and each of us take a risk every time we go to work,” he said.

The ceremony will begin at 9:30.

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