FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the Fanwood police department, fire department and rescue squad, along with Mayor Colleen Mahr, borough employees and Council members, family, friends and officers from the Scotch Plains police held a "clap-out" for retiring Lieutenant Francisco "Frank" Marrero on his last day, Friday, May 29, 2020. 

Marrero leaves after serving 28 years with the Fanwood police. He began as a Patrolman in February 1992 and was promoted to corporal in 1999 and sergeant in June 2002. He earned the rank of lieutenant in January 2015. Lt. Marrero has received numerous awards throughout his career for Life Saving, Meritorious Service, Exceptional Duty, Unit Citations, Letters of Commendation and two Father Nelligan Awards.

"Lt. Marrero has served the Fanwood police with distinction and honor. We will truly miss him," said Chief Richard Trigo.

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"In addition to being a model of what a community-aware police officer should be, Frank is a decent human being," said former Councilman Tom Kranz.

Before coming to Fanwood, he served as a police officer with the New Jersey Transit Police from March 1989 until February 1992. He served as a corporal in the United States Marine Corps. Reserves from 1983-87 and received an Honorable discharge. He is a graduate of Jersey City State College with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.