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Trenton Police mourning the loss of one of their own - Detective Luis Medina

Published October 28, 2011

Trenton Police mourning the loss of one of their own - Detective Luis Medina
Thursday, October 27, 2011

TRENTON—City Police Detective Luis Medina has passed away after a long battle with cancer.


Friends of Medina said he died this morning after spending about the past month in the hospital.


Medina had taken a medical leave a few years ago as he fought the disease, then returned to the department after his health improved. He retired from the force in December of last year.


“It is so sad,” said retired Trenton Sgt. Pedro Medina (no relation).  “Rick Rivera and I went to see him at the hospital in Trenton, before he was transfered to Hackensack. I am glad that I got a chance to speak with him, before he went home to heaven.”


Medina, who served TPD for over 25 years,was once a community resource officer for the City’s South Ward, and held many other roles with the department through the years.


“There is not doubt that Luis’ work in our community and his passion for the Police Explorers program were instrumental in motivating many young Hispanics to become police officers,” said Pedro Medina, the department’s former spokesman. “Our community loved Luis and he will surely be missed.”


Medina, who was said to be in his early 50s, was married to fellow Trenton officer Elsie Vega Medina.


“My condolences and prayers are extended to his wife,  and to his family,” said the former spokesman, who counted himself as a close friend to the fallen detective.


Current Trenton officer Moe Crosby also expressed his grief over the loss of Medina, who was a former partner of his on the job.


I worked with Luis in the old Housing Unit from 1987 to 1990,” Crosby said. “We were partners for a good amount of that time and he was one of the best partners I ever had.


“The Housing Unit was basically a Pro-Active Unit that worked mostly in the projects. Crack was in its hey day and still packaged in vials. We had a blast working the Miller Homes. Nothing like foot chases in a high-rise. Unfortunately, most of the best stories can only be shared at work. I’m going to miss him.”


Retired Trenton Police Captain Brian Amantia also knew Medina during those Housing Unit and Pro-Active days. Amantia said he and Medina came up through the department and their families even attended church together.


“I feel very comfortable that Luis is up in heaven now, looking down on all of us,” Amantia said.


Before he was a cop, Amantia said, Medina worked an assembly line as a piece-meal worker, and his tireless work ethic didn’t win him any fans among his co-workers, who felt his speed and hard work was making them look bad in comparison.


Amantia said Medina faced the same sort of comaprisons from fellow cops, though usually in a good-natured manner, when he worked that Pro-Active Unit. The guys in the unit kept track of their stats on a big board, Amantia said, and Medina always put up the biggest numbers.


“Nobody loved being a cop more that Luis,” Amantia said. “He was a hard-charger, before there was such a thing as a hard charger. He was always gung-ho.”


The Trentonian would also like to offer our condolences to Medina’s family and friends. We will update this story as memorial details become available, and as more words of remembrance come in from his loved ones..


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