Located in Washington DC, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Dedicated on October 15, 1991, the Memorial honors federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people.
Enscribed on the Memorial Wall is the name of Charles Brendon Cavanaugh, Bernardsville Borough’s first Police Chief. Chief Cavanaugh was conducting an investigation at the scene of a fire when he was shot multiple times from ambush by an intoxicated man. Records show that the man was angry that Chief Cavanaugh had issued a motor vehicle summons to his wife. The man was convicted and sentenced to serve 20 years in prison. he died while serving his sentence.