Eli McCarson Memorial Park
On August 11, 2016, family, friends, area residents and police officers came out to honor Eli McCarson, a New Jersey State Police trooper killed in the line of duty last December. Mantua officials decided to rename Sewell Park, located at the corner of Mantua Boulevard and East Mercer Avenue, the Trooper Eli McCarson Memorial Park. In honor of the township native who gave his life serving others, this spruced-up park includes not only a basketball court, which was McCarson’s favorite sport, but as well as a memorial space, complete with benches, a new flagpole, flowers and trees. The new memorial plaque consist of a triangle that represents the New Jersey State Police badge and the points on that triangle stand for Honor, Duty and Fidelity, which Mayor Scirrotto stated, all of which characterize and represent Eli’s qualities as an officer and a person. For the state police, the park will become a place of daily remembrance, he said, noting that troopers passing the memorial will stop to salute Eli and honor his sacrifice. McCarson’s mother stated that she hopes park not only serves as a place to remember her son, but to remember all who dedicate their lives to public service on a daily basis.