KENILWORTH – Sunday, September 29, Ignite Community UMC of Kenilworth was honored to observe Law Enforcement Appreciation during their morning worship service. The mass was held to thank God for all the officers for their hard work and sacrifice. Pastor Nova Vitug Thomas and the congregation welcomed Kenilworth Police Chief John Zimmerman, Captain Fred Soos, seven officers from the Kenilworth Police Department and their family members, Diane O'Neill, the secretary to the police chief, Stephen Nagy from the Union County Corrections Department, and New York police officer Brandon Restrepo.
Pastor Don Knott gave some highlights from his past as the police chaplain and a historical story written by Bob Woods of the congregation regarding "Union County Bandits" in 1920 that robbed busses and trollies was read. The church was very happy to have Mayor Dahlia Vertreese, the daughter of a police officer, to give her views on all the different calls the police department respond to. After the service a luncheon was held to join the honorees for conversation in the fellowship hall. The children who attend UMC performed a talent show which included singing, Irish dancing, and stand-up comedy.
The members of Ignite Community UMC expressed their sincerest gratitude to the police department for all of their help in Kenilworth. “We appreciate all of their backup support they give to the police department and the community. God bless our police department and all first responders for the service and sacrifice they do for us.“