ROXBURY, NJ – The rainy night dedication shown by a township patrolman earlier this month prompted a Kenvil woman to send a handwritten letter of thanks to the police chief.
 
In a letter to Roxbury Police Chief Jim Simonetti, the woman, Virginia Johns, expressed appreciation for the effort shown by Roxbury Police Officer Michael Fournier.
 
 
She told the chief she dialed 911 at 10:15 p.m. on March 4 to report sparks coming off of a utility pole on her property. The problem was eventually resolved by Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) crews. But before JCP&L arrived, Fournier came to scene and kept watch while the wires showered sparks, said Johns.
 
She said she was impressed with the way Fournier first “stood in the rain for some time watching out over the pole” and then, after returning to his car, kept a spotlight on the sparking wire until JCP&L arrived.
 
“I understand perhaps this comes with the job but, nonetheless, his presence, the spotlight – all helped me be far less terrified than I was,” wrote Johns. “I am very grateful and thankful.”