Positively New Jersey: Wanaque PD cruiser spotted in Germany

People visiting Hamburg, Germany may notice a little bit of the Garden State in their travels.

News 12 Staff

Jul 19, 2019, 1:04 AM

Updated 1,768 days ago

Share:

People visiting Hamburg, Germany may notice a little bit of the Garden State in their travels.
Eagle-eyed tourists may notice a Borough of Wanaque police cruiser patrolling the streets of the city. The story of how a New Jersey police car ended up in Europe is quite the tale.
The cruiser is a 2001 Crown Victoria. Five Wanaque police officers piled into that particular cruiser on Sept. 11, 2001, and headed into Manhattan to assist after the terrorist attack.
The Wanaque Police Department continued to use the cruiser until 2012 when it was donated to the Union Beach Police Department after Superstorm Sandy destroyed most of the department’s fleet.
It was later auctioned off, sold multiple times and finally was transported to Germany where it wound up in the hands of Hamburg Police Officer Chris Rothe. Rothe restored the cruiser back to its original look with the Wanaque police labels.
The cruiser now bears the number 53 – a badge number given to Aaron Risher, a Wanaque resident who was made an honorary member of the police department in 2014 following a hospital stay for muscular dystrophy.


More from News 12
2:35
Ocean Grove temporarily allows Sunday morning beach access

Ocean Grove temporarily allows Sunday morning beach access

1:57
Taste of summer returns to New Jersey with highs in the mid-80s

Taste of summer returns to New Jersey with highs in the mid-80s

0:25
Prosecutors: 73-year-old man accused of murdering his wife in their Moorestown apartment

Prosecutors: 73-year-old man accused of murdering his wife in their Moorestown apartment

1:57
Peapack-Gladstone taking new steps to control geese problem

Peapack-Gladstone taking new steps to control geese problem

0:16
Krispy Kreme opening new location at the Jersey Shore

Krispy Kreme opening new location at the Jersey Shore

0:23
NJ Transit police save man from drowning in Hudson River with rescue ring buoys

NJ Transit police save man from drowning in Hudson River with rescue ring buoys

0:20
Prosecutor: Teen killed, another injured in shooting outside Trenton apartment

Prosecutor: Teen killed, another injured in shooting outside Trenton apartment

1:54
Best of New Jersey: A taste of Italy in Monmouth County at Limoncello at Piazza Di Roma

Best of New Jersey: A taste of Italy in Monmouth County at Limoncello at Piazza Di Roma

0:14
Prosecutor: Walk-in Camden hospital patient dies days after being shot

Prosecutor: Walk-in Camden hospital patient dies days after being shot

1:18
TGI Fridays in Brick Township among 36 across the US permanently closing

TGI Fridays in Brick Township among 36 across the US permanently closing

0:30
Jersey Proud: Hillside HS football team sorts food donations for those in need

Jersey Proud: Hillside HS football team sorts food donations for those in need

2:30
Roselle schools temporarily put on lockdown following reports of gunfire in the area

Roselle schools temporarily put on lockdown following reports of gunfire in the area

0:15
Officials: Single-engine plane crash-lands in Holland Township field

Officials: Single-engine plane crash-lands in Holland Township field

0:25
PBA: Millburn police officer killed in car crash

PBA: Millburn police officer killed in car crash

2:13
‘It’s our responsibility to tell their story.’ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall unveiled in Wayne Township

‘It’s our responsibility to tell their story.’ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall unveiled in Wayne Township

1:51
Officials: Train pulls down wires in Elizabeth, causing some power outages

Officials: Train pulls down wires in Elizabeth, causing some power outages

2:31
Prosecution focuses on Egyptian halal beef deal in Menendez’s bribery trial

Prosecution focuses on Egyptian halal beef deal in Menendez’s bribery trial

2:27
Advocates express concern as badly decomposed dolphin washes up in Long Branch

Advocates express concern as badly decomposed dolphin washes up in Long Branch

1:59
Route 71 bridge in Monmouth County remains closed as Memorial Day weekend approaches

Route 71 bridge in Monmouth County remains closed as Memorial Day weekend approaches

0:21
Scottie Scheffler's Louisville court date postponed after arrest during PGA Championship

Scottie Scheffler's Louisville court date postponed after arrest during PGA Championship