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Tributes paid to Dublin-born US police officer killed in collision

Trooper Sean E. Cullen leaves behind a 9-month-old son.

TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN made to an Irish-American police officer who was killed tragically in the line of duty.

Trooper Sean E. Cullen of the New Jersey State Police was born in Dublin in 1985.

Emigrating to the United States before his fourth birthday, he went on to serve in a number of police departments across New Jersey, joining the New Jersey State Police in 2014.

Yesterday the 31-year-old was killed while attending the scene of a major motor vehicle crash.

It was reported by CBS New York that Cullen died from his injuries after being struck by a car on a highway in southern New Jersey.

In a statement on Facebook, Colonel Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police said:

His life and service to the citizens of New Jersey can be characterised as honourable, loyal and faithful. On behalf of the New Jersey State Police family, we ask that you keep Trooper Cullen’s family, friends and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers as we deal with this painful loss.

The New Jersey State Police has said that the cause and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation.

He is survived by his fiancé, his 9-month-old son, his mother, his father, his two brothers and his sister.

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