Just as the Porch Club’s Garden Tour starts tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., another more solemn occasion gets underway at the Gazebo at Broad and Main.
The Police Department and the Borough invites the community to the ceremony for the dedication of the plaque mounted on a granite foundation which will serve as a memorial for Patrolman Thomas C. Whitelock, the seven-year veteran Riverton police officer who was killed in the line of duty Jan. 14, 1976.
According to an article on Cinnaminson Patch, law enforcement from throughout the county, and dignitaries from the state, county and local government, will also be on hand as well as an Honor Guard and a bagpiper.
The Riverton Borough website has more information about Officer Whitelock and the ceremony here.
Burlington County Times staff writer Matt Chiappard relates more details of this tragic story in an article titled, “Decades later, a fitting memorial for a fallen Riverton officer”.
If you wish, you may join others who have left a reflection on the Officer Down Memorial Page.
To make a donation to the Thomas C. Whitelock Memorial and its maintenance, contact the Riverton Police Association, Attn: Memorial Fund, 501 Fifth St., Riverton, N.J. 08077. – John McCormick, Gaslight News editor