The North Bergen police union PBA posted a Facebook status in remembrance of Patrolman Joseph A. Peters. The status reads, "Today we remember our brother Patrolman Joseph A. Peters who died 35 years ago on July 7th, 1981 due to carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of a defective patrol car. May he continue to Rest In Peace."
Patrolman Peters died from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of a defective patrol car on Tuesday, July 7, 1981. Patrolman Peters was staking out an illegal dump site and, when he failed to report in, other officers found his body in the patrol car. Another officer who was using the patrol car several days earlier was in the hospital as a result of carbon monoxide after being exposed to it as well. Although the officer was hospitalized the car was never ordered to be serviced and was reassigned to Patrolman Peters.