POLICE DEDICATE HAMILTON COMPLEX
TO THREE OF OUR FALLEN TROOPERS
Hamilton Twp. - Attorney General Peter Harvey and
Colonel Rick Fuentes today joined state troopers, government
officials and community leaders from the Mercer County area
to officially dedicate the Troop "C" Hamilton State Police
complex to three fallen troopers. The complex was dedicated
to the memory of fallen Troopers: Carlos M. Negron (Badge
#3656), Christopher S. Scales (Badge # 4575), and Joseph P.
Lentini Jr. (Badge #5076).
"The New Jersey State Police is the finest police force in
the nation. This new complex reflects our commitment to provide
our state troopers with the first-class facilities they need
to help and protect the citizens of New Jersey," said Attorney
General Peter C. Harvey. "This complex will serve as the home
base and communications hub for troopers protecting the heart
of our State, including its capital, in this challenging new
era of global terrorism. We dedicate these facilities in memory
of three men who exemplified the best of the New Jersey State
Police, Troopers Joseph P. Lentini Jr., Carlos M. Negron and
Christopher S. Scales."
"It's a privilege for me to participate in today's services
and to dedicate the Hamilton Complex to not only the memory
of these troopers, but to the day-in and day-out efforts of
each trooper who puts his or her life on the line protecting
New Jersey's citizens," said Colonel Rick Fuentes. The families
in attendance for today's dedication will always be a part
of the State Police family as will the memories of their loved
ones, added Fuentes.
In dedicating the Hamilton Complex, Fuentes recalled the
careers of Troopers Negron, Scales, and Lentini. "Their service
was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty,
and faithful devotion to the principals of the New Jersey
State Police," said Fuentes.
The Troop "C" Hamilton Headquarters is dedicated to the memory
of Trooper Carlos M. Negron. Trooper Negron graduated as a
member of the 98th New Jersey State Police Class and enlisted
on February 11, 1982, fulfilling a life-long dream of becoming
a State Trooper. Upon graduating from the New Jersey State
Police Academy, Trooper Negron was assigned to Troop C, where
he served at the Fort Dix and Hopewell Stations before being
assigned to Troop D, the New Jersey Turnpike. He was assigned
to the New Brunswick Station at the time of his death.
On May 7, 1984, Trooper Negron was on routine patrol on the
New Jersey Turnpike. At 8:12 a.m., he stopped to aid a disabled
van at milepost 66.7 north- bound in East Windsor Township,
Mercer County. A gunfight ensued with one of the two occupants
in the van and Trooper Negron was fatally wounded.
Hamilton Headquarters is a 78,000 square foot facility, which
will enhance the ability of the State Police to provide law
enforcement services to the citizens of central New Jersey.
In addition to the Hamilton Sub-Station and Communications
Center, the complex houses a 19,500 square foot vehicle maintenance
garage, a separate 21,500 square foot 21 lane indoor firing
range, and a helicopter-landing pad.
The Troop C Hamilton Sub-Station is dedicated to the memory
of Trooper I Christopher S. Scales #4575. Trooper I Scales
graduated as a member of the 107th New Jersey State Police
Class and enlisted on May 7, 1987. Upon graduating from the
New Jersey State Police Academy, Trooper I Scales was assigned
to Troop C, where he served at the Edison, Fort Dix, Wilburtha,
and Flemington Stations before being assigned to Troop D,
the New Jersey Turnpike. At Troop D, he was assigned to the
Cranbury Station, and was assigned to the Tactical Patrol
Unit at the time of his death.
On December 3, 2002, Trooper I Scales was standing on the
toll island at the Carteret Toll Plaza, Exit 12, of the New
Jersey Turnpike. He was working on a four-person detail aimed
at increasing seatbelt compliance by motorists. The rear wheels
of a tanker truck struck him as it pulled away from the tollbooth.
Trooper I Scales was fatally injured.
Officially opened on August 30, 2003, the Hamilton Station
replaced the outdated Hightstown and Wilburtha Station and
is centrally located on Route 130. With 61 troopers currently
assigned, the Hamilton Station is under the command of A/Lt.
Frank Duca and Assistant Station Commander SFC Timothy Williams.
Troopers from the Hamilton Sub-Station provide full-time police
services to the towns of Upper Freehold, Millstone, and Roosevelt
Borough in Monmouth County, and Rocky Hill Borough in Somerset
County - an area encompassing over 90 square miles. Station
personnel also patrol 24 miles of interstate roadway. Troop
C serves central New Jersey with stations located at Allenwood,
Bordentown, Kingwood, Red Lion, and Tuckerton.
The Statewide Communications Center is dedicated to the memory
of Trooper I Joseph P. Lentini, Jr. #5076, who died after
a lengthy illness on June 14, 2002. Trooper I Lentini graduated
as a member of the 113th New Jersey State Police Class and
enlisted on January 15, 1993. Upon graduating from the New
Jersey State Police Academy, Trooper I Lentini was assigned
to Troop C, where he served at the Fort Dix, Flemington, and
Hightstown Stations before being assigned to Troop D, the
New Jersey Turnpike. At Troop D, he was assigned to the New
Brunswick Station before being assigned back to Troop C and
the Allenwood Station. On April 12, 1997, Trooper I Lentini
was assigned to the Emergency Management Section, Operational
Dispatch Unit Central, where he served at the time of his
The Statewide Communications Center is responsible for police
dispatching for Troop C and the Burlington and Point Pleasant
State Police Marine Stations. The New Jersey Department of
Transportation and New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection also conduct dispatching duties from the Communications
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