March 4th, 2005, was a very sad day in the history of the Atlantic City Police Department. That date marks the day an officer on the force was killed in the line of duty.

Thomas McMeekin/ Atlantic City Police Department
Thomas McMeekin/ Atlantic City Police Department

Thomas McMeekin, a 28-year-old Atlantic City native, was struck by a charter bus on March 3rd, 2005, as he directed traffic at an accident scene near the intersection of Atlantic and Chelsea Avenues. He died the next day.

McMeekin's family has a long tradition of service to the city, according to the Associated Press.

"McMeekin comes from a family of police officers and firefighters. His father is retired from the Atlantic City Fire Department and he has a brother who is a firefighter, as well as at least six relatives on the Atlantic City police force."

Friends, family and members of the A.C.P.D. will hold a ceremony at the intersection at 11am this morning to mark the sad anniversary.

The 5-year veteran of the police department left behind a wife and a young daughter who is now 17-years-old.

If you are interested in making a donation, you can send a check to the McMeekin Memorial Fund in care of St. Nicolas of Tolentine Church, 1409 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, NJ, 08401.

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