What you need to know about the funeral of NJ State Police trooper Frankie Williams
ATLANTIC CITY -- New Jersey State Police officer Frankie Williams will be laid to rest on Monday at Boardwalk Hall. Here's five things you'll need to know about today's viewing and services.
Williams was killed a week ago when a Toyota Corolla driven by Dr. Lloyd Rudley, traveling southbound on Route 55 in Millville, crossed the grass median and went onto the northbound lanes, hitting Williams’ marked cruiser head-on.
Williams was responding to the report of an erratic driver that turned out to be Rudley.
Rudley was pronounced dead at the scene, according to State Police, who have not said what led Rudley to drive in such a fashion. Friends of the man said he did not drink alcohol or do drugs but was known to have had several diabetic shock episodes.
A viewing for the general public takes place at Boardwalk Hall on Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., followed by a viewing for members of law enforcement only from 10 a.m. to noon. Trooper Williams' burial follows, at the Holy Cross Cemetery on Harding Highway in the Mays Landing section of Hammonton, but will be private.
Expect delays on the Atlantic City Expressway heading into Atlantic City, as thousands of members of law enforcement join family and friends to honor the 31-year-old trooper.
According to Atlantic City Police, the following closures will be in effect:
- Beach Block Texas: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Beach Block Florida: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Beach Block Mississippi: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Beach Block Columbia Place: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (media parking area)
Mississippi Avenue (northbound lanes) CLOSED between Atlantic and Pacific Avenues, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pacific Avenue between Texas and Arkansas Avenues CLOSED approximately 2 p.m. to 4 p.m..
Atlantic Avenue CLOSED between Georgia and Arkansas Avenues approximately 2 to 4 p.m..
Arkansas Avenue CLOSED between Pacific Avenue and the Atlantic City Expressway approximately 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be no traffic crossing Arkansas Avenue during these times with the exception of emergency vehicles. Police request that all motorists use Route 322, Route 30, or the Atlantic City Connector as alternate routes.
There will also be no bicycles allowed on the Boardwalk between Texas and Missouri Avenues.
It will be a rainy day for Trooper Williams' funeral today, which will slow things down overall. Meteorologist Dan Zarrow expects the rain to taper off in the afternoon.
Gov. Chris Christie has ordered the American flag and the flag of the state of New Jersey to fly at half-staff today at all state buildings and offices in memory of Officer Williams, "in recognition and in mourning of a brave and loyal hero."
The State Troopers Fraternal Association is accepting donations for the family of Officer Williams via their Paypal account. Click on the Paypal Donate button and in the special instructions area, write Donation to the Trooper Frankie Williams Family.
Checks may also be sent to:
State Troopers Fraternal Association Foundation
2634 Highway 70
Manasquan, NJ 08736