Camden, NJ – Camden County Police Department (CCPD) Officer Antonio “Tony” Martinez died unexpectedly on Jan. 20.
The exact cause of the 32-year-old officer’s sudden passing was not released.
“Mayor Frank Moran & the City of Camden mourn the loss of Officer Antonio Martinez from the Camden County Police Department,” the city said in a Facebook post on Jan. 22. “Our condolences and prayers are with Antonio’s friends and family.”
A lifelong resident of Camden, Officer Martinez joined CCPD in 2013, according to his obituary.
“Tony never met a stranger he didn’t like and was truly there for everyone,” the tribute read. “He will be remembered as the fun loving ‘teddy bear’ of the family, who always had a bear hug and joke waiting for his loved ones.”
In December of 2018, he and fellow CCPD Sergeant Brandon Galloza were recognized for heroically saving a woman’s life during a 3 a.m. house fire, the department said in a Facebook post at the time.
When the officers arrived at the scene, they discovered that a “rowhouse was fully engulfed by fire with the flames spreading to adjoining homes,” the department said.
Despite the risk to their own lives, they made their way into the upstairs areas of one of the homes and located an elderly woman inside.
Officer Martinez and Sgt. Galloza escorted the woman downstairs and quickly realized that the way they had entered was fully engulfed in flames and impassible.
They ultimately located a second escape route, and were able to get the woman to safety.
“The quick actions taken by Sergeant Galloza and Officer Martinez helped save a woman’s life, and they have set an example for other officers through their bravery,” CCPD Lieutenant John Martinez said at the time.
Officer Martinez leaves behind his parents, Tomas and Ileana, as well as his sister, Christina, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his grandfather, brother-in-law, and many friends and extended family members.
Officer Martinez was laid to rest on Jan. 23.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Camden County Police Department Officer Antonio “Tony” Martinez, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.