WALDWICK - Family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers gathered today to honor and remember a fallen police officer from Waldwick.
A procession for Officer Christopher Goodell began at Vander Plaat Funeral Home in Wyckoff and ended with a viewing at St. Luke's Church in Ho-Ho-Kus.
Officer Goodell was killed Thursday when a tractor-trailer crashed into his patrol car while he was checking for speeders on Route 17.
Goodell, who grew up in the Bergen County community where he served, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 32-year-old Marine Corps veteran had served on the Waldwick force for five years and is the first borough police officer to die in the line of duty.
Laura Favreau was Goodell's classmate at Waldwick High School, co-starring with him in a production of "Grease." "Chris was probably the funniest person I knew," she says. "He made everybody laugh. He was everyone's friend... class clown. He wasn't afraid to be himself, and he will be so missed."
Goodell had served on the Waldwick police force for five years after serving in the Marines.
Gov. Chris Christie ordered flags at state office buildings to be flown at half-staff Tuesday, the same day funeral services are to be held for Goodell.
Goodell's funeral is scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m.