Officers Honors NJ Trooper Killed by Wild Driver

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -
The funeral procession for fallen NJ State Trooper Frankie Williams on Monday passes by Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. (Dale Gerhard/The Press of Atlantic City via AP)
The funeral procession for fallen NJ State Trooper Frankie Williams on Monday passes by Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. (Dale Gerhard/The Press of Atlantic City via AP)

Hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the country came to Atlantic City on Monday to pay their final respects to a state trooper killed in a crash.

Police officers from as far away as Michigan were part of a huge contingent that filed past the casket of Trooper Frankie Williams as part of services in Boardwalk Hall.

The 31-year-old Williams, of Egg Harbor Township, was responding to reports of an erratic driver in Millville on Dec. 5 when the driver crossed a median and struck Williams’ vehicle head on. The driver who struck him, Lloyd Rudley, 61, was also killed.

Trooper Cara Spinosa, who graduated with Williams from the State Police Academy in January, said Williams was a genuine guy and “no matter what, he always had our back.”

Williams got married in September and is survived by his wife, Kimberly Williams.

“We are devastated by his passing, but he can rest assured that we will embrace his family as they will always remain a part of our state police family,” said Col. Rick Fuentes, the head of the state police.