New Jersey State Police Trooper Anthony Raspa will be laid to rest today, just 20 months after he graduated the academy.

The Highland Park resident was killed and another trooper injured when their cruiser hit a deer on Interstate 195 in Upper Freehold Township May 30, authorities said.'...

...But like Raspa, the vast majority of fallen troopers were victims of motor vehicle accidents, crashing while on patrol or struck on foot while working on dangerous roads.

"His tragedy reminds us all of the risks our men and women in blue face each and every day to protect us," U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said in the wake of Raspa's death. "They go to work not knowing what dangers they may encounter and face the reality that they may not return to their families at night."

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