WEST TRENTON,  N.J. (PBN)  Colonel Patrick J. Callahan of the New Jersey State Police has announced the tragic passing of Trooper II Marcellus E. Bethea, badge #7829, stationed at Troop “D” in Moorestown. Trooper Bethea, a dedicated member of the 156th State Police Class, lost his life during a training exercise.

Trooper Bethea’s service to the New Jersey State Police spanned over eight years, marked by his unwavering commitment and passion for upholding the values of Honor, Duty, and Fidelity in his duty to protect and serve the citizens of New Jersey. His untimely death is a profound loss to his colleagues, the community, and his family.

As the State Police mourn the loss of Trooper Bethea, Colonel Callahan asks for the community’s support and prayers for Bethea’s family during this difficult time. Details regarding viewing and funeral arrangements will be provided in due course.

Trooper Bethea’s dedication and sacrifice serve as a reminder of the risks that law enforcement officers undertake daily in their commitment to public safety. The New Jersey State Police honors Trooper Bethea’s memory and service, and his legacy will forever be remembered within the ranks of the State Police and the community he served with distinction.

Thomas Peterson is the Editor in Chief and founder of Peterson’s Breaking News of Trenton. Thomas founded PBT in 2012.