First and fore most I would like to commend Jonathan Arredondo, James Mazza and Chief Pugliese for the timeless efforts they continuously strive for in keeping the foundation of the Nutley Volunteer Emergency and Rescue Squad strong for the Township of Nutley.

Our members have missed family gatherings, holidays and special days with their families in order to provide coverage for the town. I should know being the widowed
spouse of EMS Chief, Michael J. Rossi Jr. 

I have a heavy heart when reading the various articles from TAPinto Nutley. The Board of Commissioners' harsh words are offensive. Making their view public only hurts them. Go back five years and look how the town funds are being allocated.

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Here is a fact, as you know, I am the disabled spouse of Chief Michael J. Rossi Jr. who passed away in the line of duty on May 19th 2017.

He should not just be another name on the wall. NVERS, my “family,” honored him as we brought him to his end of tour. Never has there been a time that a member has not reached out to me since.

As for the commissioner, apparently a standard handshake was sufficient.

In closing, I would like to set the record straight. I was not granted any workers compensation benefits from the Township of Nutley. The claim has been denied, thus being appealed.

Michael's death was a line of duty death. We all know the circumstance of the day which led to his death, and the call the night before. His untimely death is not in stark contrast as a fireman nor police officer coming back from a job after being exerted and having a heart attack at the building.

The Town officials should have made this a priority in taking care of one of their own. I don’t want to hear this never happened before. I pray no members of the NVERS family will go through this tragic event.

My words may fall on deaf ears, I trust however, that truth will prevail, and stand up for what you believe in.

Marianne