On Sunday, October 31, 2021, we lost an amazing father, husband, mentor, friend, boss and leader. Captain Joseph Goertz #251.

He is survived by his wife Elena, his 4 children Alexa, Joey, Nicole and Ryan.

Joe was a proud family man, nurturing husband and an amazing father. His family always came first and he made sure that it was known his best accomplishments in life were being lucky enough to marry his beautiful wife Elena and being a father to four great children.

Captain Joe Goertz prior to becoming a Police Officer, he was a well known professional bowler. The Lakewood Historical Museum has a beautiful display of his bowling trophies, open to the public.

He was hired in May of 1998. He was one of fourteen of Lakewood Police recruits that started their career at the Ocean County Police Academy Class 70.ย  After graduation, he was assigned to the patrol division and during the course of his career he moved up in ranks.

Capt. Goertz joined the Special Response Team, a well-managed unit highly trained and skilled to respond to critical incidents.

In 2006 he was promoted to Sergeant, in 2013 he was promoted to Lieutenant, both in the Patrol Division and in August of 2016 he was promoted to Captain as Patrol Commander, laterally to Administration Captain.

Throughout his years of dedicated service Captain Joe Goertz has made a huge impact, gaining the respect and being a true friend to the community and to his brother and sister officers.

We are extremely saddened by his sudden passing, he was such a humble and kind hearted person. He will greatly be missed by the entire LPD family. We love you Joe! God speed my friend!๐Ÿ’™

*I asked Capt. Goertz โ€œhow do you want to be remembered, – since you had such an amazing life and career being a professional bowler and achieving Captain statusโ€โ€ฆ he replied ย โ€œ just call me Joe – a dedicated family man that loved his wife, kids and proud to serve the Lakewood Police Community, my rank does not define meโ€.. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™(272)