Police Athletic League Memorial Field
Patrolman Richard H. Conklin Badge #23 October 11, 1944-January 21 1972-After completing his tour of duty with the military, Conklin became a member of the South Plainfield Police Department on November 13, 1967. On January 21, 1972 Conklin assisted the Rescue Squad in the transportation of a mentally ill patient. Conklin was riding in the rear of the Rescue Squad vehicle when the patient broke free of the restraints, literally ripped Officer Conklin’s firearm from his holster, and shot him twice. Officer Conklin died with moments of being shot. His parents, Henry and Mary, and sisters Mary and Ethel survived him.
Patrolman William J. Cady Badge #9 April 22, 1945-April 19, 1975-After completing his tour of duty with the military, Cady became a member of the South Plainfield Police Department on February 24, 1969. In 1971, he received a commendation for single handily subduing two burglary suspect who had violently resisted arrest. While conducting a routine traffic stop on an entrance ramp to Interstate Highway 287, he was struck and killed by a passing vehicle. The operator of the vehicle
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Law Enforcement • Sports.
Location. 40° 35.336′ N, 74° 24.232′ W. Marker is in South Plainfield, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Cady Lane. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: South Plainfield NJ 07080, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Quaker Meeting House (within shouting distance of this marker); First Baptist Church of South Plainfield (approx. ¾ mile away); Plainfield Garden Club (approx. 1.2 miles away); Samptown Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Oak Tree Neighborhood (approx. 1.7 miles away); Oak Tree Pond (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Reuben Ayers House (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Oak Tree Engagement and the Battle of the Short Hills (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Plainfield.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 17, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 193 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 17, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.