Three New Jersey State Police unions are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for vandalizing a roadside memorial to Trooper Bertram Zimmerman III.
The State Troopers Fraternal Association, the State Troopers Non-Commissioned Officers Association and the State Troopers Superior Officers Association offered the award after being informed that the memorial on Route 83 had been vandalized.
“The blatant disrespect and vandalism of a monument standing to honor Trooper Zimerman is beyond offensive, and we will go to great lengths to bring these actors to justice,” the unions said in a joint statement. “We will not allow the memory of the honor in which Trooper Zimmerman served or any other trooper or law enforcement officer for that matter, who made the ultimate sacrifice be degraded.”
Zimmerman died after crashing his police cruiser into a utility pole while responding to a robbery call in Dennis on Feb. 5, 2004.
Atlantic City resident Middleton Dunmore later admitted to committing that robbery and several others. As part of a plea deal, he was sentenced to 20-years in prison for the robbery and 10 years in prison for manslaughter charges related to Zimmerman’s death.