GREEN BROOK, NJ – The Township Committee yesterday welcomed two new officers to their police force, Officers Rigoberto Gonzalez and Jonathan Camp, both of whom are veterans of the Marine Corps. 

“It's always a pleasure to welcome new members to our agency,” said Police Chief G. Christopher Kurz. “These officers come to us with exceptional backgrounds and I look forward to seeing their contributions to our department and service to our community.”

Along with Officer Anthony Pepe, who started on October 1 after transferring from the Seaside Park Police Department, Gonzalez and Camp are the first new officers to join the force since Kurz took the top job earlier this year. Each new officer was sworn in by Mayor Patrick Boccio during the Committee’s regular business meeting.

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Gonzalez is a ten year veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserve, leaving as a Staff Sergeant. Most recently Gonzalez was a member of the Union County Sheriff’s Department which he joined in July of 2012 after graduating from the John Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains, NJ.

Camp served four years with the United States Marine Corps and served as a Squad Leader in Afghanistan where he received a Meritorious Unit Citation.  Camp is also a graduate of the John Stamler Police Academy, completing his training in December.

Kurz also presented a number of awards to officers for their service to the community.  For their actions in an October 9 fatal accident on Route 22, Officers Michael Heller and Officer Anthony Pinizzotto and Dispatcher Brennen Gaiser received Letters of Commendation.  The accident occurred at about 3:30 in the morning when 18 year old Anthony Mascia of Bridgewater, and formerly of Green Brook, died after his stationary car was struck at a red light by a Mack truck driven by Andrew Donaldson of Arizona.

Sergeant Hans Case and Officer Nicholas Torsiello received Honorable Service Medals for making an early morning driving while intoxicated stop of Oscar Barrantes-Sequeira which led directly to Barrantes-Sequeira’s arrest for murdering girlfriend Sarah Ross-Salardino in Somerville earlier in the day.  Case and Torsiello arrested Barrantes-Sequeira for DWI, who was then transported him to Somerville for a number of outstanding warrants.  The suspect confessed to the murder while in custody.