Retirees

Hunt

Edward Hunt Jr.
began his police his policing career with the Mt.Holly Township Police Department and came to Eastampton on January 1,1971. In his 25 years of service with the department, Ed ascended through the ranks of Special Officer, Patrolman, Sergeant, and finally Lieutenant before his retirement. He was a steady performer during his career and was recognized in 1996 for performing the Heimlich manuever on fellow officer, Robert Ward, and was credited with saving his life. Since his retirement in late 1996, Ed has been proprietor of a local landscaping company and still lives in the area with his wife, Ruth.

Yung

G. Paul Yung
began his policing career with the Burlington Township Police
Department after a four year career with the US Navy during the Vietnam War.
He came to Eastampton Township in 1972 and was eventually promoted to the rank of Sergeant. During his career, Paul was a certified Firearms, RADAR instructor, as well as, a field training officer. G. Paul Yung was very active with the Eastampton Recreation Committee and recognized for his service from 1984 through 1994. During his career, Paul was the recipient of two (2) Excellent Arrest awards, the Presidents' National Medal for Patriotism, the J. Edgar Hoover Memorial Gold Medal for Distinguished Public Service, as well as, being a member of the NRA Legion of Honor, American Police Hall of Fame, Burlington County FOP Lodge #2 and a life member of the Eastampton Police FOP Lodge #146. Since his retirement in 1998, Paul has moved out of state with his family and wife, to Virginia

Maclaney William MacLaney
started his law enforcement career in the Boro of Helmetta (NJ) Police Department as an Auxiliary Officer. November 1, 1973 saw Bill's career come to Eastampton Township where he served the residents and township for 25 years. During his career, he served as patrolman, detective, and police sergeant. Furthermore, he was very active in numerous civic organizations such as the Free and Accepted Masons, Elks, and VFW. Additionally, "Mac" was revered as an expert among his peers for his involvement in the Fraternal Order of Police and founding of the Eastampton Police Lodge #146. William MacLaney was formally recognized for his apprehension of a burglary suspect in 1997 and received an Exceptional Duty Award as a result. It is with great regret that we must report that since his retirement in 1999, "Mac" passed due to illness on February 14, 2002. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
Ward

Robert E. Ward
Started his law enforcement career with the WillingboroTownship Police Department in 1967 during his distinguished career in the U.S. Armed Forces. Following a brief calling with the State of NJ Capitol Police Department, Bob joined the Eastampton Police Department in 1976 as a part-time Patrolman. In 1977, he was appointed as a full-time officer and later was promoted to the Detective Bureau, which he commanded until his retirement. In October 1982, Patrolman Robert Ward risked his life in saving a victim of a motor vehicle collision when he was struck by a tractor-trailer in the township. Following his recovery, Bob was recognized by the township council with the dedication of "Patrolman Robert Ward Day" on December 4, 1982. During his career, Bob was the recipient of the Vietnam Service, Life Saving, Legion of Honor, the F.O.P. Police Star, and the Exceptional Duty Medals. Bob retired in 1999 and has remained active in numerous civic groups including the Fraternal Order of Police, Elks, and Masons. Since leaving policing, Bob and his wife, Rose, have moved out of state.

Brecht John J. Brecht
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egan his career as a special law enforcement officer in Eastampton in 1974. Soon afterward, in 1975, he became a part-time Patrol Officer and was soon commended for his heroism in the Good Friday shootout in Mt. Holly Township. Joe, as he was known in the Police Department, went on to receive another medal for heroism in 1984 for his arrest of an armed burglar in the Township. He was also recognized in 1999 as the Eastampton Police Officer of the Year. Prior to his retirement in 2001, Joe held the positions of Detective, Armorer, Firearms Instructor, DARE Instructor, liaison to the Burlington County Narcotics and Burglary Task Forces, and was temporarily assigned to the Burlington County Narcotics Task Force. Since his retirement, he and his wife, Debbie, have moved out of state.
Sharp Ralph Sharp
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egan his police career as a dispatcher and special officer with the Pemberton and Mt. Holly Township Police Departments. He was hired by Eastampton in September 1975. Patrolman Sharp was integral in the formulation of the police canine unit in the township and trained extensively with the Philadelphia (Pa.) and the Atlantic City (NJ) Canine Academies during his career. He also worked countless hours continuing K-9 training with the Pemberton and Mt. Holly K-9 Units. Consequently, he was partnered with Baron, Caesar, Jacque, and Spanky during the 15 years he ran the K9 unit in Eastampton. Due to his partnership and training, Ralph was recognized for being assigned to the Vice-Presidential security detail in Lakewood, NJ in 1981, as well as, the apprehension of a burglary suspect in 1982. Until his retirement in 2000, Ralph was very active as an EMT in the department and various volunteer emergency squads in the area. Being well liked, the community often asked how '"Ralphy" is doing'. After retiring Ralph worked for the Eastampton Twp. Public Works. Sadly Ralph Sharp passed away in 2005. He will be sorely missed.
Taylor Leonard J. Taylor Jr.
Be
gan his law enforcement career as a Special with Burlington City PD while attending Monmouth University where he received his Bachelor's degree. He then began his career full time with the Beverly City Police Department before coming to Eastampton in 1990. Len was recognized in 1992 and 1994 as the Eastampton Police Department Officer of the Year. Additionally, he received a Gallantry Star Award for his arrest of a man armed with a shotgun in Eastampton Gardens. In 1996, Len was then promoted to the rank of Sergeant. During his career, he supervised the Traffic Safety Unit, Training Unit, and Field training Officer Program. In 2001, Len received his Master's degree in Public Administration from Seton Hall University. Due to an injury he received in May of 2002, Len was forced into retirement early in 2003. Len has since moved to Montana with his wife, Christine, and their two children.
Durham

Thomas Durham
Be
gan his law enforcement career as a Corrections Officer at the Old Burlington County Jail. Durham then was hired by the Burlington Co. Sherrif's Department where he worked for 5 years. He left there then worked for New Hanover Twp. as a Patrolman until being hired by Eastampton Twp. Police in 1988. Durham rose through the ranks and was the Lieutenant from 1996 to 2007 when he retired with full honors. Lieutenant Durham  was a training instructor in many areas and was also an internal affairs officer. He had a knack for pretty much knowing everybody that he came in contact with. Tom is still around the area and is currently employed in Private Investigations.

mingin Gerald D. Mingin
be
gan his law enforcement career as one of the only Officers in Eastampton Twp. and was there at the Departments inception in 1970. Gerry rose through the ranks and held every job in the police department through his ascendency in the ranks. He was the first Chief, and one of the youngest in New Jersey when he was first appointed. He held this title until his retirement in June 2010. Gerry still serves the township in his role as the Chief Financial Officer for Eastampton Twp. He lives in Southampton with his wife and numerous dogs.