The Englishtown Mayor and Council have officially named a new borough street in honor of Christopher Matlosz, a former Englishtown police officer and Manchester resident who was killed last year while on duty in Lakewood.
Matlosz Court is located in a newly constructed neighborhood directly off of South Main Street across from the Englishtown Fire Department.
Matlosz, 27, lived in Pine Lake Park and was shot and killed in a gang-associated ritual by Jahmell Crockam in January 2011 while on patrol. Crockam, a Lakewood resident, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of the Matlosz this past March.
A beloved member of the Englishtown Police Department, Matlosz served the Borough for almost two years between October 2004 until August 2006 when he joined the Lakewood police force.
When the Englishtown Council realized that they had the power to name streets in town they took the opportunity to name the new street after Matlosz, Englishtown Lt. Peter Cooke said.
Originally, the builder had intended to the name the street after his daughter, Erica, but when the council approached him with the idea of dedicating the street in honor of the fallen officer he had no objection, according to Cooke.
An official dedication of the street is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Oct. 28, which was Matloszs' official start date at the Englishtown Police Department in 2004, Corporal Michael MacInnes explained.
In Lakewood, 3rd Street in front of the police department headquarters was renamed Matlosz Way for the officer in February 2011.
The name of the street officially went up on Thursday, Sept. 6. More information about the Matlosz Court dedication ceremony will be made public as soon as it is available.