Newark Police Officer Dies in Home Explosion in Middlesex County

Newark, New Jersey – The community mourns the loss of Kevin Gilbert, a 62-year-old retired Newark police officer who tragically passed away in a home explosion in Middlesex County on Thursday. With 26 years of dedicated service to the Newark Police Division, Gilbert left a lasting impact before his untimely death.

Authorities confirmed that Gilbert was found with fatal injuries in South River, Middlesex County, following the explosion on Continental Court. Another individual was also seriously injured in the incident, prompting an ongoing investigation to determine the cause of the explosion. The Newark Department of Public Safety revealed that Gilbert had served in various units within the police force from September 1990 to April 2016, showcasing his commitment to the community over the years.

During his time with the Newark Police Division, Gilbert worked in units such as the 4th Precinct Detective Bureau, the robbery unit, and the Safe City Task Force. Director Fritz FragĂ© of the Newark Department of Public Safety expressed condolences and offered prayers for Gilbert’s loved ones, emphasizing his significant contributions to the department and the city.

The loss of Gilbert has deeply affected both his former colleagues and the community at large, highlighting his dedication to serving and protecting the residents of Newark. As investigators work diligently to uncover the circumstances surrounding the home explosion, memories of Gilbert’s service and commitment to duty continue to resonate throughout the Newark community.

The passing of Kevin Gilbert serves as a somber reminder of the risks that law enforcement officers face in the line of duty, underscoring the sacrifices made by individuals like him to ensure public safety. His legacy as a respected member of the Newark Police Division will endure, leaving a lasting impact on those who had the privilege of knowing and working alongside him. May he be remembered for his service, dedication, and sacrifice in protecting the community he served faithfully for over two decades.