Remembering Officer Joe Wargo: Mourners honor New Jersey cop killed in crash

    Mount Arlington Police Officer Joe Wargo, who died last weekend, was described to the Star-Ledger as being a “Mack truck built around a heart of gold.”

    The New Jersey police officer was remembered Friday by friends and family after he was killed in a car accident Sunday.

    The Star-Ledger reports 500 police officers were in attendance Friday at St. Mary’s Church in Alpha, Warren County.

    According to investigators, a 29-year-old driver was under the influence of drugs when he lost control of his car and crashed into Wargo’s car on Route 80 early Sunday morning.

    The Star-Ledger says Wargo was airlifted to Morristown Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    Family members told the Star-Ledger the New Jersey cop always put others before himself and had an unforgettable personality.

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