KENILWORTH, NJ – Kenilworth resident Darlene Candarella appeared before the Borough Council on Wednesday night to give a formal thank you to Kenilworth Mayor Anthony DeLuca, Police Chief John Zimmerman and the Kenilworth Fire Department.
Candarella’s husband, Sal, tore the ACL in his knee and couldn’t walk on June 19, according to Candarella, who was sick at the time. She saw DeLuca while dropping her son off at school and he immediately went to her home, where he assisted Candarella in helping her husband.
“You came to my rescue, calmed me down and called the Kenilworth Fire Department and Rescue Squad and Police Department,” Candarella told DeLuca. “You went over and above for my family and I wanted to give back. You work seven to seven each day and still dropped everything to help my husband.”
Sal Candarella was transported to the hospital and is now recovering at home. Candarella called him on speaker phone during the meeting so he could thank the services himself.
“I want to thank you, Mayor, and the fire department and police for all their help,” he said.
Candarella presented DeLuca, Zimmerman and the Fire Department with gift cards, thank you notes and bags of candy for their families. DeLuca mentioned that the Candarella family fed the Kenilworth Fire Department and other families during a hurricane years ago.
“We had a hurricane and the fire department didn’t leave the fire house for several days,” DeLuca said. “Huge trays of food showed up and was a blessing in disguise. Thank you, Darlene.”