PENNSVILLE TWP. — This past Friday May 13, 2016 at the Fraternal Order of Police Old Oak Lodge #6, located off of Route 49, individuals from every municipality, law enforcement division, and members of the community came together to honor the lives of Trooper Eli McCarson and retired Woodstown Police Chief Walter Simpkins at the annual Salem County FOP Old Oak Lodge #6 Police Memorial Service.
The services were started off with a 3.4 mile run in a large amount of individuals from the law enforcement community partook; followed by an introduction by FOP President Bob Gant along with the national anthem; and invocation by Rev. Donald S. Polk (Senior Paster at Aldine United Methodist Church). Retired Sergeant Raymond Kulpa from the Salem County Sheriff’s Office gave a profound speech which was followed by speeches from Brian Hope (President of Salem County Veterans and Retired Officers Association and Salem County FOP VP) and FOP President Bob Gant.
Trooper Eli McCarson was 30 years old. He was in the New Jersey State Police Academy Class #155. Trooper Eli McCarson served at Port Norris and Woodstown NJSP Barracks. He tragically passed away on December 17, 2015 while on-duty.
Walter Simpkins, 67 years-old was a retired Woodstown Police Chief. He served 35 years with the Woodstown Police, in which 28 were as Chief. Walt was a Vietnam Veteran and was drafted at the age of 19 into the United States Army where he proudly served 14 months. Walt Simpkins, also, wore multiple hats within the local law enforcement community. He served as numerous positions within local organizations including: President of Salem County Chief’s Association andthe South Jersey Police Association; and was a member of the Salem County FOP Old Oak Lodge, #6. He even was a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Walter Simpkins is survived within the law enforcement community by his son Sean Simpkins, a Salem City Police Officer.
See The News of Salem County staff photos from this past Friday’s memorial ceremony at the Salem County FOP below: