Richard Halasek, Evesham officer

Posted: May 17, 2014

Richard J. Halasek Jr., 66, of Sea Isle City, N.J., who retired in 1997 as an Evesham Township police sergeant, died Tuesday, May 13, at home of complications from heart disease.

"I'm a runner," Mr. Halasek's wife, Janet, said, "and I got involved in the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Run from Philly to Washington." The event, which ended at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, helps celebrate National Police Week this week.

"I got as far as Baltimore" shortly before noon Tuesday when, with her group at rest at the Fire Academy north of the city, companions who had been contacted by Philadelphia authorities told her of her husband's death.

Before she had left home, her husband had told her that he was fine and encouraged her to go on the run, she said.

After the call, "they put me in a police van and brought me home. There's a certain fraternity among police," she said.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Halasek graduated from Lenape Regional High School in 1965, earned his Eagle Scout badge, and served as a shipboard fireman on Mediterranean duty during the Vietnam War.

He joined the Evesham department in 1971, his wife said, because "he had at least two friends who were in the force."

Mr. Halasek was not a runner, she said. "He said, 'That's why they gave me a badge and a gun.' "

A 26-year veteran of the Evesham force, he lived in Marlton from 1956 until moving to Sea Isle City 15 years ago.

A casual gathering was set from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at La Costa Lounge and Deck Bar, 4000 Landis Ave., Sea Isle City.

Donations may be sent to the Cape May County Animal Shelter, 110 Shelter Rd., Cape May Court House, N.J. 08210.

Condolences may be offered to the family at

610-313-8134 @WNaedele

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