HOWELL – A portion of Interstate 195 that runs through Howell Township has officially been designated as “State Trooper Marc K. Castellano Memorial Highway,” according to Gov. Phil Murphy’s office. Gov. Murphy signed the bill, A3749, into law on July 26.
The portion of the highway is named for Marc Castellano, Howell resident and State Trooper who was killed in the line of duty on June 7, 2010. Castellano served on the Tactical Patrol Unit of the state police. He tragically lost his life one day when he was struck by a motorist on Route 195 near Exit 31 in Howell.
“Committed to the service of others, Marc perfectly exemplified our New Jersey values; he was courageous, selfless and a true patriot,” stated Governor Murphy. “The loss of Trooper Castellano is yet another reminder of the bravery our law enforcement officers demonstrate each and every day, and this commemoration will ensure that Trooper Castellano’s sacrifice to give his life while protecting the public will never be forgotten.”
Castellano was well-respected and loved by his peers.
“Although Marc was tragically killed in the performance of his duties and will never be forgotten, now there is a permanent tribute to honor and remember his sacrifice,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police.
Assemblymen Sean Kean and Edward Thomson, and Senator Robert Singer sponsored the legislation. These officials also emphasized Castellano’s dedication and public service.
“Trooper Marc Castellano was a dedicated public servant who gave his life while trying to keep the people of New Jersey safe,” stated Senator Singer. “The signing of this new law to rename a portion of I-195 in his honor will ensure that his sacrifice is never forgotten.”
Assemblyman Kean said that this renamed portion of roadway will keep Castellano’s legend alive in his own community of Howell, calling him a “hometown hero.”