- Monday July 5th, 2010 :: 10:52 p.m. EDT
With great regret,Sheriff Robert A. Austino announces the unexpected death of Sheriff's Officer Timothy David Morris.
Sheriff’s Officer Timothy David Morris, 24, of Rosenhayn, badge number 73, died Saturday, June 3, 2010, as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Tim was born in Woodbury, but his life was in Rosenhayn. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and shooting Sporting Clays with his family and friends, and he was a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies. He was a Master Mason of the Free and Accepted Masons (Blue Lodge), Shekinah Lodge #58, out of Millville.
Sheriff’s Officer Morris graduated Cumberland Regional High School in June 2004 where he was a member of the Track and Field team, and an avid soccer player. He was on the Cumberland Regional High School Soccer Team that won the 2002 South Jersey Group III Sectional Championship.
Sheriff’s Officer Morris began his career with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department on August 4, 2010, and he graduated from Class # 31 of the Gloucester County Police Academy on December 14, 2006. He was both the youngest graduate of his class and the fastest runner in his class. Sheriff’s Officer Morris was working towards his degree in Criminal Justice at Cumberland County College, where he was a member of the Criminal Justice Society.
Sheriff’s Officer Morris received several commendations for his work, where his duties included being the Juvenile Officer for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department. He would occasionally don the McGruff the Crime Dog outfit to help teach children about safety and crime prevention, or the Eddie Eagle outfit to teach children about firearms safety. He also toured Cumberland Regional High School several times for Active Shooter Response purposes. Tim volunteered his time for many worthwhile causes, including the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department Get Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs fishing tournament and the Rosenhayn Volunteer Fire Department Chicken Barbecue.
Sheriff’s Officer Morris was a member of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department newly formed Honor Guard, and his skills with a handgun earned him the grade of Marksman. He was physically fit, and he took great pride in wearing his uniform. Sheriff’s Officer Morris was a member of Police Benevolent Association Local 299, of which he recently ran for the office of president. He was also in the process of beginning a Fraternal Order of Police lodge within the Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff’s Officer Morris previously worked in the Judicial and Communications divisions of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, and most recently was an aggressive member of the Warrant Division, where he enjoyed his role as protector of citizens of Rosenhayn and of Cumberland County. He lived life to the fullest in whatever he did, and he loved and adored his family and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department.
The funeral will originate from the Freitag Funeral Home, 137 W. Commerce Street, Bridgeton, on Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 9:15 AM and will be followed by a Funeral Liturgy at 10 AM at Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 732 Morton Avenue in Rosenhayn. The interment will take place with full honors at Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery on Bridgeton Avenue in Rosenhayn. A Masonic funeral service will take place at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 6:30 PM.
Donations in the name of Sheriff's Officer Morris may be made to Project Lifesaver International, care of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department, or to the Alzheimer Foundation.
Cumberland County Sheriff's Department
220 North Laurel Street
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Sgt. Thomas M. Perrotti