Ceremony to Mark Anniversary of Atlantic City Cop’s Death
March 4th, 2005 was a very sad day in the history of the Atlantic City Police Department. That date marks the last time a officer on the force was killed in the line of duty.
Thomas McMeekin, a 28-year-old Atlantic City native, was struck by a charter bus on March 3rd, 2005, as he directed traffic at an accident scene near the intersection of Atlantic and Chelsea Avenues and died the next day.
McMeekin’s family has a long tradition of service to the city, according to the Associated Press. “McMeekin comes from a family of police officers and firefighters. His father is retired from the Atlantic City Fire Department and he has a brother who is a firefighter, as well as at least six relatives on the Atlantic City police force.”
Friends, family and members of the A.C.P.D. will hold a ceremony at the intersection at 11am this morning to mark the sad anniversary.
The 5-year veteran of the Police department left behind a wife and a young daughter who is now 11-years- old.
A memorial and scholarship fund was established last year in the officer’s name and six $1000 scholarships will be given out later this year. Deadline for entries is April 30th.
If you are interested in making a donation, you can send a check to the McMeekin Memorial Fund in care of St. Nicolas of Tolentine Church , 1409 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, NJ. 08401