DOVER — A Memorial Service in honor of Dover Police Officer Arthur J. Ohlsen III, Badge #115, occurred on December 30 at Saint John’s Church, located at 11 South Bergen Street in Dover.
Two decades ago, on December 30, 2003, the Town of Dover mourned the tragic loss of Dover Police Officer Arthur J. Ohlsen III, Badge #115. He met his untimely end in the line of duty, while unwaveringly serving his community. Officer Ohlsen’s enduring legacy of dedication and service continues through his two sons, AJ and Trevor, who now proudly serve in the Parsippany Police Department and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office. His wife, Bonnie, reflects on his passion, stating, “The police department and the racing team were what Art loved; that was his life, that’s what he did. He gave his life doing what he wanted to do.”
Throughout the Town of Dover, Officer Ohlsen is commemorated in numerous ways. Perhaps most prominently, his artwork adorns each Town of Dover Police vehicle, featuring a 9/11 memorial he created. His class A uniform is enshrined within the Dover Police Department, reminding all officers daily of his sacrifice. Additionally, his name graces the officer down memorial in the town hall lobby.
Though two decades have passed since that fateful day, Officer Ohlsen’s indomitable legacy endures, and he will forever be engraved in the collective memory of the Dover Police Department and the Town of Dover. Their gratitude for Officer Ohlsen’s sacrifice, as well as the unwavering support of his family, remains eternal.
A uniform is encased in the Dover Police Department for all officers to see as a daily remembrance, and he is listed on the officer down memorial in the town hall lobby.