Haddon Heights Police Department

Return To

To Home Page

Home page




Patrolman John F. Norcross badge #1822 died in the line of duty at 14:08 hours on April 20, 1995. He had responded to an officer needing assistance call, which involved his brother, Detective Richard Norcross. Upon his arrival, Patrolman J. Norcross evacuated residents from their houses and after doing so, was fatally wounded by a single gunshot. While performing his duties, Patrolman John Norcross made the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens within his borough. For this sacrifice, Patrolman Norcross received the highest award from the Haddon Heights Police Department, The Medal of Valor. In addition, Patrolman Norcross received the Policeman's Benevolent Association Medal of Honor.

     John began his interest in law enforcement at an early age and in 1985 was named Police Explorer of the Year. His relentless pursuit of perfection aided him in receiving the William C. Wurst Memorial Award in 1987 for professionalism while engaged in the Police Explorer Program. Also in that year, John received the Professionalism Award from the Burlington County Chiefs of Police Association. John further received a citation of merit on February 29, 1988 from the Washington Township Police Department. John again received an award on July 16, 1988, a certificate of excellence presented by the United States Air Force Office of Security Police.

     John joined the Haddon Heights Police Department on November 27, 1989 as a dispatcher and was appointed as a full time police officer on April 29, 1991. John graduated from the Gloucester County Police Academy to begin his career in law enforcement and on June 6, 1994, received an award of commendation for actions displayed during a homicide investigation.

     On December 20, 1994, John received a certificate of appreciation from the Mayor and Council for five years of valuable service to the police department and the borough of Haddon Heights.

     John's dedication and devotion to his family were first and foremost in his life and his personal nature could be described as caring, giving, and always willing to lend a hand. John was actively involved in the Policeman's Benevolent Association as a member and Treasurer of Local #328. John loved to play golf and would always be willing to give advice on the "perfect swing". His fun-loving personality made him easy to talk to and his sense of humor eased any tense moment. John would often refer to the dispatcher's office as "The Penalty Box", and would occasionally sit for an "eight hour major" when the dispatcher was out. John will always be remembered fondly and will be sorely missed by his fellow officers who consider themselves fortunate to have been his friends. Those who knew John personally, feel he was one of a kind.

     John leaves behind his loving wife Jane, as well as his mother Patricia, father Richard, brothers Richard and Patrick, and sister Heather. They will always cherish him as husband, son, and brother.

     To John from all those who knew you:


  Home Page



Useful Sites

  Mission Statement Contact Police
Created by Ptlm. A. Horneff #1833
Copyright 2001 Haddon Heights Police Department. All rights reserved.
Revised: September 11, 2002 .