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End of Watch: Thousands of friends, family, and community members honor fallen Detective Matthew Tarentino

Thousands turned out to honor Detective Matthew Tarentino on Monday. Tarentino was killed in a car accident on his way to work.

Governor Chris Christie signed an Executive Order ordering all State buildings to fly flags at half-staff on Monday in honor of Detective Tarentino.

“Detective Tarentino was a loving husband, father, son, and brother, whose memory will live in the hearts of his family, friends, community, and fellow members of the Summit Police Department,” said Governor Chris Christie. “He served his State with courage, professionalism, and commitment to the finest ideals and traditions of the Summit Police Department. It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Detective Tarentino, and we extend our sincerest sympathy to his family and loved ones.”

“Matt was an exceptional police officer and fully deserving of this honor,” said Summit Police Chief Robert Weck. “He was highly respected within our department and throughout the Summit community. His legacy is one of strong community connections and balanced, enthusiastic outreach. While he may be gone, he will never be forgotten, and his family will always be part of ours.”

Detective Tarentino was married with two young sons, with another child expected in August.

Featured Image: Clark Township Police Department/Facebook