In Memoriam Sergeant Alison Wray

Chief Karin DiMichele of the Berkeley Township Police Department in New Jersey sadly reports the death of Sergeant Alison Wray.

Sgt. Wray, 32, suffered a cerebral medical emergency while she was on duty. She was transported to the hospital where she received emergency medical treatment and remained in the intensive care unit. Wray’s condition worsened rapidly and she passed away peacefully two days later.

Her family told that Wray suffered a stroke.

Wray was a nine-year veteran of the Berkeley Township Police Department. She was a 2003 graduate of the Central Regional High School and continued her education at Stockton College. Furthermore, she earned a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and a masters in Forensic Psychology. Following her graduation from the Atlantic County Police Academy in 2008, she was reassigned to the Patrol Division. Wray was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2015.

“Alison was a mother of beyond belief, she often joked about being the stereotypical ‘PTA Mother’ and often was very eccentric, to say the least, about proper care for her children,” the family wrote on an online fundraiser page to raise money for her two children, ages 2 and 4.

Chief DiMichele said Wray “excelled,” quickly moving up the ranks to sergeant in 2015.

“Sergeant Wray was known for her intelligence, compassion and dedication to her officers whom she considered family,” the chief said.

“Please keep Sergeant Wray’s family in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn their loss,” DiMichele continued. “Please also keep the officers and civilian staff at Berkeley Township in your prayers as they have lost a great officer, a great leader, great public servant and a great friend.”

Condolences came from many professional organizations.

Wray is survived by her fiancé, Sgt. Henry Ganska, also of the Berkeley Twp. Police Department; their children; Harrison, 2, Henry Jr., 4 and her step children, Cole, 11 and Reagan 15. Her parents, a brother and extended family also survive her.

Sergeant Alison Wray is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Friday, November 3, 2017.

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)

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Patrick Sharkey

Pat Sharkey earned an associate's Degree at Kellogg Community College and was hired by the Battle Creek Township Police Department as a dispatcher. Pat was then hired by the Michigan State Police and was initially assigned to the Capitol Security Detail. Eight years later, he attended the 98th Trooper Recruit School. Pat served as a trooper for the remainder of his career serving at State Police Posts in Erie, Sandusky, Northville, Flat Rock, Bridgeport, Ypsilanti, and Caro areas of Michigan. He attended Michigan State University’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Program and was certified as an expert witness in several Michigan courts. Pat retired in 2010 after 35 years of public service. He is a correspondent for Law Enforcement Today and enjoys hunting, target shooting, and (most of all) sailing.

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R. I. P. My sister in blue. We mourn the loss of such a fine young American servant who dedicated her life to the service of others. May Gods hand be upon your family and family in blue as they mourn.

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