Deptford Cop Charged With Simple Assault in Off-duty Incident in North Wildwood
A Deptford Township police officer is facing charges after published reports say he was involved in an off-duty incident at at bar in North Wildwood last month.
NJ.com reports 34-year-old David Grogan, a lieutenant with the Deptford Township Police Department, was arrested on September 26th near the Exit 6 Bar in North Wildwood. He was charged with simple assault and resisting arrest.
A police officer on foot patrol in the area spotted Grogan “jumping the fence at Exit 6 bar and grabbing the victim by the arm and throwing the victim to the ground,” according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case. The victim suffered a minor cut to the hand, the report states.
In the month prior to this incident, Grogan was named the August, 2020, Officer of the Month by the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum for his efforts in rescuing people who were trapped in an apartment fire in May.
On May 16, 2020, Deptford Township (NJ) police responded to a report of a fire at an apartment building. When officers arrived, they found the building heavily engulfed in smoke and flames. They were also advised that three residents were trapped in their apartments. Lieutenant Grogan began calling out to the trapped residents when he heard a woman respond. Lieutenant Grogan then crawled onto the balcony and into the burning apartment to locate her. He found the woman and pulled her onto the balcony where firefighters were waiting. Lieutenant Grogan helped lower the woman onto a fire truck ladder where she was helped to safety. Firefighters were able to rescue the third resident from the burning apartment. “Lieutenant Grogan showed a high level of bravery by entering a burning building to rescue two residents ,” stated Acting Chief of Police Frank Newkirk. “Those residents might not have survived if not for Lieutenant Grogan’s bravery.”
Grogan is scheduled to appear in municipal court November 17th.