2 NJ officers' deaths reflect job's inherent peril

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — One New Jersey city prepares to bury a fallen police officer, while a second town is mourning another officer killed in the line of duty.

Officer Melvin Santiago's funeral is set for Friday morning in Jersey City. The 23-year-old was killed Sunday in what authorities have called an ambush. His assailant was killed during a subsequent shootout outside a 24-hour drug store.

About 25 miles away, the town of Waldwick also is mourning one of its own.

Christopher Goodell was killed early Thursday when his unmarked car was struck by an 18-wheeler on Route 17. Goodell had been monitoring the road for speeders.

The 32-year-old grew up in Waldwick and served in the Marines.

The truck driver involved in the accident has been charged with vehicular homicide.

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