‘Always Sunny’ paid a subtle tribute to fallen NJ Trooper Sean Cullen this season

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia paid a quiet tribute to a fallen New Jersey trooper this season, displaying his photo behind the bar and casting family members for an episode, New Jersey State Police said Friday.

As the NJ State Police indicated in a Facebook posting Friday, a photo of Trooper Sean Cullen can be seen behind the bar at Paddy’s Pub in episode nine of season 12, “A Cricket’s Tale.” Cullen, 31 at the time of his death, was killed in March last year after a 22-year-old motorist struck the trooper as he investigated a crash on Interstate 295 in West Deptford.

In their Facebook posting, the NJ State Police say that Cullen’s family tells them they were contacted by the show for permission to use the photo in the episode. Several family members were also cast as extras for the episode, the NJ State Police said.

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“He loved his job,” Mount Holly Police Capt. Richard Spitler said of Cullen in March last year. “His dream was always to be a state trooper, and we were proud when he finally fulfilled that dream.”

“Well played, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” the NJ State Police wrote on Facebook of the show’s tribute. “Well played.”