Troy Oswald, Chief of the Paterson Police Department in New Jersey, sadly reports the death of Officer Tamby Yagan.
Officer Yagan, 41, sustained critical injuries in a vehicle crash when his patrol vehicle struck a parked car. Yagan was transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.
The cause of the mid-morning crash remains under investigation. An autopsy is being conducted to determine why the officer lost control of his patrol vehicle. It is suspected that he may have suffered a medical emergency immediately prior to the collision.
A witness that wished not to be identified, stated that “the patrol vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed,” however there were no official indications that Officer Yagan was involved in a pursuit. A few media reports indicated that Yagan was responding to a call when the crash occurred.
Chief Oswald said of his colleague, “He was a great worker, and his death is truly a loss to Paterson’s Police Department and its residents.”
“He was a cop’s cop,” said Police Director Jerry Speziale. “He’s somebody who went above and beyond. He was a true community person.”
Speziale said Yagan also was a devoted father to his young son. “He was a well-rounded person,” the director said.
The crash investigation is being conducted by the New Jersey State Police along with the Coroner’s Office and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office’s Fatal Traffic Accident Unit.
Tamby Yagan served the Paterson Police Department for 15 years and was assigned to the department’s Traffic Division. He also served the neighboring City of Prospect Park as a volunteer firefighter for six years.
Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed Khairullah in a Facebook post called Yagan a “longtime personal friend and one of the kindest souls I have ever met.”
Khairullah said Sunday evening that he and Tamby, as young men, spent their evenings together and played football every weekend, reported northjersey.com.
“I was in Texas last night. I saw he posted that he was balling with his son at tee-ball, and to get the tragic news today … was devasting, to say the least.”
“We don’t even know the circumstances,” making the loss even harder to fathom, Khairullah said. “We’re hoping for some answers, obviously, for the sake of his family. We pray for them to have the strength, particularly because he has a young son who is 6 or 7 years old who was hanging out with his father a few hours ago, and now he’s gone forever.”
“There’s not a mean bone in his body,” Khairullah said of his boyhood friend. “And his death is a tremendous loss to the city of Paterson and to his family and friends.”
Right Now Just before 11am an on duty #Paterson Police Officer was driving on Getty Ave when, for some reason, he crashed into a parked car. His car is on the left. Officer died from his injuries. Authorities have not released his name. @ABC7NY #newjersey pic.twitter.com/F5jYNGxyUO
— Kemberly Richardson (@kemrichardson7) April 22, 2018
We have lost one of our own in the line of duty today.. #Paterson Officer Tamby Yagan was committed to protecting and serving. His tragic death leaves a loss for all of us. Keep Officer Yagan's family and friends as well as Paterson PD in your prayers- President Patrick Colligan pic.twitter.com/FoZsEoOkdp
— New Jersey State PBA (@NJSPBA) April 22, 2018
Yagan was divorced and is survived by his seven-year-old son.
Officer Tamby Yagan is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Sunday, April 22, 2018.