South Jersey artist to memorialize state police for 100th anniversary

David Madden
February 22, 2020 - 6:15 am
Joe Getsinger's artwork

Courtesy of Joe Getsinger

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WOODBURY HEIGHTS, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Joe Getsinger wears a lot of hats these days: Woodbury Heights Council member, security director at Rowan College of South Jersey, retired New Jersey State Police officer. 

But his passion has always been art. 

He’s created several prints for NJSP over the years, but arguably the most signficant one is the current project he’s working on to honor the department’s 100th anniversary next year.

“I could create a painting that would memorialize the 100 years of the state police to be given out to each of the attendees at the dinner,” he said. But actually, he’s creating two. 

One painting, which is already finished, is titled “Honor Duty Fidelity.” The other is about 20% complete. He hopes to be finished by June, well in advance of the anniversary event. 

Lawmen MES, a Pennsauken supply company, will pay for copying the prints. 

“The one thing we had to do was to honor those who died in the line of duty since 1921,” he added, “the 70-some individuals who sacrificed their lives for the state of New Jersey.”