Former State Trooper Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Butler man worked for state police for 28 years.

resident and former state police trooper Preston Fairlamb Jr. was killed in a motorcycle accident in Hardyston Sunday that also left his wife, Kathleen Fairlamb, injured, according to NJ.com.

NJ.com reported that Preston Fairlamb, 64, was driving his 2001 Harley Davidson south on Route 94, his 64-year-old wife a passenger, when he was allegedly struck by a car traveling north being driven by Kenneth Arent, 55, of Vernon. Preston Fairlamb was transported to St. Clare's Hospital in Sussex where he was pronunced dead, according to NJ.com, and Arent and Kathleen Fairlamb were transported separately to Morristown Medical Center.

A spokesman for Morristown Medical Center confirmed Monday that Kathleen Fairlamb is listed in serious condition while Arent is listed in good condition. A call to the Fairlamb residence was not immediately returned Monday.

Sgt. Brian Polite of the New Jersey State Police said Fairlamb worked as a state trooper for 28 years, retiring in 2002.

"The majority of his career was spent in Troop B," Polite said.

Troop B includes northern New Jersey and Polite said Fairlamb had served as station commander for both the Newark and Totowa stations at different points in his career with the state police. Polite said Fairlamb was a lieutenant when he retired.

Patch will have updates on this story.

Don Giantonio May 15, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Although we knew Jay for only a short while, we had the great pleasure of having dinner with he and Kathy a few times. His son-in-law Larry Sayette could not have put it more succinctly...what an Honerable Man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this most difficult time. - Laura & Don Giantonio
ralph & leighann spinosa May 16, 2012 at 02:00 PM
our thoughts and prayers are with the families. we are truly sorry for your loss. his daughter and son in-law are long time friends. it breaks our hearts that they have lost one of the most important people in their lives. find strength in each other to help mrs. fairlamb and the families heal. again we are deeply sorry and are here for anything you may need. we love you both.
JenS May 16, 2012 at 11:33 PM
When is the funeral for Mr. Fairlamb?
Pete Zaleski May 21, 2012 at 01:18 PM
The world has lost a kind soul who lived a life of honor, courage and commitment. I only knew Jay for a short time but I will always remain honored to call him my firend. May he RIP and my thoughts and prayers go out to Kathleen and family. Many are sharing your grief and loss. God Bless you.
Larry Sayette May 09, 2013 at 03:03 PM
It has been nearly a year since My Father In-law has been gone. It still seems like it happened yesterday. He comes up in nearly every conversation. I see in my son his sense of humor and my daughter has his picture on her dresser. It is hard to think of all that he is missing...he was THE POPOP. The first to visit with ice cream when the little ones were sick, the first at my house when something broke and my level of incompetence would stop me from wielding a tool like Thor's hammer. I miss sitting by the pool with him having a beer. I miss not seeing him at the head of the table. It seems there will always be an empty seat. We love you and miss you.


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