Wall Township Officer Michael Malone

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NJ Cop Behind WWII Hero Memorial To Donate $10K To Charities

January 09, 2019 - 7:00 am

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (WCBS 880) — A chance meeting between a Jersey Shore police officer and a World War II hero led to a strong friendship, a war memorial and now a series of generation donations to multiple charities.

Officer Michael Malone became best friends with Maj. Gen. Harry Rockefeller during a routine call. The unlikely best friends became best friends, and when Rockefeller died at the age of 100, Malone promised to honor his life.

“Before he passed away I had made him a promise that I was not going to allow him to be forgotten,” Malone said.

He set out to commission a statue in Rockefeller’s honor. Working with the Police benevolent Association, he was about to raise $218,000 to erect a bronze statue of the WWII hero.

“Donations came from all over the country and even as far as Belgium,” Malone said.

The campaign was a wide success and even acquired a surplus.

Malone is now giving $10,000 each to five veteran-related charities.

“We are going to assist in sending D. Day veterans to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of the D. Day landings this June 6th,” Malone said.

In addition, the Tunnel to Towers foundation is getting money to build a smart home for Jersey Shore Marine.