VAN DREW BILL DEDICATING PORTION OF ROUTE 55 TO FALLEN STATE TROOPER NOW LAW

Senator VanDrew

Law Honors Trooper Frankie L. Williams

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew that would designate a portion of State Highway Route 55 as the “State Trooper Frankie L. Williams Memorial Highway” in honor of State Trooper Frankie Williams, who was killed in a traffic accident in the line of duty, is now law.

“Trooper Williams’ passing was a tragic loss to the community and the entire state,” said Senator Van Drew (D-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic). “He was an outstanding example of a public servant, and he had accomplished so much in his life. Williams was committed to upholding the law and protecting the lives of citizens, and he was destined for greatness. What happened to him was a devastating event for his family, friends and the community at large, and he will be missed. This designation will serve as a remembrance of his dedication to our community and to New Jersey.”

The law, S-2986, provides that the Commissioner of Transportation shall designate the portion of State Highway Route 55, extending from milepost 20.0 to milepost 23.0, as the “State Trooper Frankie L. Williams Memorial Highway” and erect appropriate signs bearing this designation and dedication. No other public funds will be used for producing, purchasing, or erecting signs bearing the designation for the “State Trooper Frankie L. Williams Memorial Highway.”

On December 5, 2016, Williams tragically lost his life in a motor vehicle accident on State Route 55 near milepost 22.2 in Millville, New Jersey, while on duty responding to an incident.

Williams was an extraordinary public servant whose service to the Division of State Police (State Police) was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty, and faithful and honorable devotion to the principles of the State Police.

Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey and raised in Lakeland, Florida, State Trooper Williams attended George Jenkins High School in Lakeland, Florida. After graduating from high school in 2003, State Trooper Williams returned to Atlantic County, where he lived as a resident of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey and furthered his education.

Williams earned an associate’s degree from Atlantic Cape Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and was working towards a master’s degree in Criminal Justice at Rutgers, pursing academic research in the area of cyber-crime and cyber-crime victimization. An honorable and courageous man who enjoyed serving others and desired to serve the State, State Trooper Williams earned a place in the 156th class of the New Jersey State Police Academy.

Williams graduated from the New Jersey State Police Academy on January 29, 2016, and was assigned to Troop “A” in the Woodstown Station, where he served until being transferred to the Port Norris Station. Williams was hailed as a leader and role model by his colleagues for his good judgment and thoughtful approach.

The bill cleared the Senate 38-0, and was approved by the Assembly by a vote of 74-0. The law takes effect immediately.