Middle mourns officer

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Middle Township Police officer Jason Sill Body Identified Middle Township Police Officer Jason Sill, seen here when he was honored at a police event in the spring.

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – After a tense and terrible week for the family, friends and coworkers of Middle Township Police Officer Jason Sill, officials confirmed on Tuesday, Sept. 4, that a body recovered off North Wildwood on Monday was his remains.

A massive search began when Sill’s boat was found adrift on Aug. 27. On Sunday, Sept. 2, boaters spotted a body about six miles out to sea. The Coast Guard recovered the body, which was transported to the Southern Regional Medical Examiner's Office.

Middle officials, and his fellow officers, offered their condolences to his family for their loss, while expressing their own grief.

“Middle Township has lost an exemplary police officer and Jason’s family and friends have lost much more than words can ever say,” stated Mayor Daniel D. Lockwood, who said he was speaking on behalf of fellow commissioners Tim Donohue and Susan Delanzo, along with the entire community.

“I want to offer our heartfelt condolences to Officer Jason Sill's widow, Madonna, his daughter Alexis, his parents, Patricia and Charles and all the Sill family,” reads an official statement from the township.

“Our duty now is to assure that Officer Jason Sill is properly honored and remembered,” he said. “I know you will join me in keeping the Sill family and the Middle Township Police Department in your thoughts and prayers as we move through the difficult days ahead.”

Police Chief Christopher M. Leusner said the loss was not only to the Sill family and the police, but to the entire community.

“Words cannot describe the loss and shock that we all feel,” he wrote. “As we begin the long process of healing, we will focus our efforts on supporting Jason’s widow, Madonna, and the entire Sill family through this difficult time.”

Leusner said Sill’s impact on the township was obvious.

“While Jason's time with us was too short, he affected a tremendous amount of people in his life,” Leusner wrote in a prepared statement. “Jason made a choice to serve others and he made a positive impact on his community.  Jason served the residents of Middle Township for approximately 13 years.  There are many examples of Jason's actions as a police officer in difficult circumstances that made this community safer and specifically actions that saved the lives of others.

“His actions as police officer varied from jumping into the bay to save a driver of a submerged vehicle or rescuing an elderly citizen from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Jason stood ready to protect others and never failed to rise up to the immediate challenge facing him to save another person.  

“Jason will be greatly missed,” said Leusner.

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