blue massLt. Governor Guadagno Salutes Law Enforcement

Five Officers Who Died in the Line of Duty Honored at 16th Annual Mass in Trenton

Trenton, NJ – Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno yesterday joined Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman, Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson and law enforcement officers from across New Jersey at the 16th Annual Celebration of Law Enforcement, also called the Blue Mass, at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Trenton.


The Blue Mass invites law enforcement officers, their families and friends to join together in a time of prayer and reflection.  During the Mass, officers receive a blessing for their safety, and those officers who have died in the line of duty are remembered for their sacrifice and service.

“We gather to express our gratitude for the daily sacrifices of our law enforcement officers and our shared hope for their safety as they carry out their duties,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno. “My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen and with all law enforcement officers who serve and protect our communities.”

The five officers who died in the line of duty in 2014 and early 2015 were honored at this year’s Blue Mass:  Detective Melvin Santiago, Jersey City Police Department; Police Officer Christopher Goodell, Waldwick Police Department; Police Officer Reinaldo Arocha, Jr., Newark Police Department; Special Police Officer Stephen Petruzzello, Cliffside Park Police Department; and Detective John Scott Stevens, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.