FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Fanwood Borough Council paid tribute to may of its public servants, including police and EMS and its Council meeting on Monday, May 20. 

Police Chief Richard Trigo took the podium to pay tribute to the following officers as part of National Police Week:

  • Officer Mike Rusin for cracking a check fraud scheme that led to multiple arrests in Paterson of suspects including one wanted for murder.
  • Officers Mike Rusin and Elliot Bernard for their work in our local schools in anti-bullying and safe driving programs and in a program instructing young people how to respond to police during traffic stops so everyone stays safe.
  • Officers Dan Kranz and Dan Piccola for participating in a County drug enforcement effort that steered drug offenders directly to treatment instead of jail.
  • Sergeant Marc Gottlick for keeping the information kiosk at the Quik Check stocked with pamphlets and educational information.

"We don't go into this job looking for awards," Chief Trigo said. "But it's always nice to be recognized."

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Mayor Mahr acknowledged the work of the Fanwood Rescue Squad and noted that the "new generation" of the squad were female college students. Kathy Mitchell, a retired nurse, also lauded their work. 

"They give up their holidays and spending time with their families," Councilwoman Mitchell said.

Earlier, Mayor Mahr made presentations to Joe Schott and Joe Murano, Fanwood residents and veterans of WWII who will serve as grand marshals for the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27, 2019.

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