UNION, NJ - Three retiring Union police officers had their final walkout Thursday morning with peers, family and friends on hand to wish them well. Lt. Kevin Skiper, Lt. Anthony Marra, and Sgt. Anthony Cavallo all walked out of the Union Police Department’s front doors for the last time as officers. A fourth officer, Sgt. Kevin Murphy, also retired on Thursday, but could not attend the walkout.
“These are three individuals who have served the Township of Union for over 25 years,” said Deputy Mayor and Police Commissioner Joseph Florio. We’re surely going to miss them.”
“We salute Sgt. Anthony Cavallo for over 20 years of dedicated service in the Township of Union Police Department,” said Police Director Dan Zieser. Cavallo began his career in law enforcement with the UMDNJ Police from 2000-2004. He joined the Union Police Department in 2004, originally assigned to the Patrol Bureau. Cavallo was later transferred to the Traffic Bureau where he was assigned as an accident investigator and radar instructor after receiving specialized training. He has received a certificate from Northwestern University Police Motorcycle course. Cavallo served as a member of the department’s popular Motorcycle Unit, which continues to assist with Township events, including parades and street fairs.
In January 2018, Cavallo was provided to Sergeant and was assigned as a Road Supervisor in the Patrol Bureau. “Cavallo became synonomous with his volunteer efforts,” said Zieser. “He volunteers his time with many organizations.” He is currently president and founder of the Garden State Riderz Motorcycle Club, which has held many fundraising events to help several organizations. He is also on the executive board of the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey, where he assists with fundraising activities. Cavallo is also part of Operation Rebound, an organization to help veterans and first responders who are dealing with PTSD. He is also involved in township activities such as A Taste of Union and a member of the Memorial Day Parade Committee.
Throughout his career, Cavallo has received numerous commendations and meritorious awards including departmental certificates of recognition in 2008, 2009, a Medal of Merit in 2009, a Command Citation in 2013, and a Medal of Valor from the 200 Club. “Sgt. Cavallo will be missed for his humor, funny banter, funny jokes, generosity, kind heart and epic parties,” said Zieser.
“Thank you very much for allowing me to serve the Township of Union and all those who have passed through the town,” said Cavallo. “It’s been my pleasure.”
“We honor and salute Lt. Anthony Marra today for his 25 years of dedicated service to the Township of Union Police Department,” said Zieser. Marra graduated from Union High School in 1984, and during the mid-1980s, he began his law enforcement career by serving as a part-time special police officer for the Union Police Department. Marra began his full-time employment within the department in January 1995. He was initially assigned to the Patrol Bureau, and he was later assigned to the Detective Bureau. As a detective, Marra handled fraud and identity theft cases. He also handled all licensing of Alcohol, Beverage Control and Firearms. In December 2015, Marra was promoted to sergeant within the Patrol Bureau until his re-assignment to administration in 2018, where he supervised and oversaw records, technical services, property and court discovery departments. In July 2019, Marra was promoted to lieutenant.
During his career, Marra received specialized investigative training and diligently served our Detective Bureau. He was trained to serve as a firearms instructor and dispatcher. He has served as a member of PBA Local 69 and the SOA. Marra has received the department’s certificate of recognition in 2008, a department Command Citation in 2000, and numerous letters of appreciation for a job well done.
“Although he is known for his quiet, reserved demeanor, his quick-witted sense of humor and one liners to bring about many laughs ,” said Zieser, “Tony was truly one of a kind in our UPD family. He served with confidence, strength, fairness, integrity and courage. Today we say thank you.”
“I’m going to miss everyone,” said Marra. “It’s been a great ride.”
“We are honored to salute a man who dedicated 25 years of selfless time and effort to public service,” said Zieser about Skiper. Skiper graduated from Union High School in 1992 and enrolled in New Jersey City University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice in 1996. Prior to joining the Union Police Department, Skiper was a police officer in East Windsor from 1995 to 2000. He joined the Union Police Department in August 2000, where he was initially assigned to the Patrol Bureau.
Throughout his career in Union, Skiper held numerous assignments and positions, including in the Bicycle Patrol Unit, Street Crimes/TAC Unit, and the Detective Bureau. In 2007, Skiper was promoted to sergeant and assigned as a road supervisor in the Patrol Bureau. In 2015, he was re-assigned as a Street Crimes supervisor. In 2018, he was promoted to lieutenant. Skiper served as a trainer for the Union County Emergency Response Team from 2005 to 2019. He also served as a member of the Union Township SWAT team. During his career, he received specialized training in hostage negotiations and served in the department’s most qualified firearms training.
Skiper has received numerous honors and recognitions, including departmental certificate of recognition, seven Command Citations, a Unit Citation and two Commendation Medals. “He’s funny, polite, kind, and always willing to lend a hand,” said Zieser. “On behalf of the Union Police Department, we wish you the very best.”
“I had a very rewarding career thanks to the Township of Union,” said Skiper. “I’m glad I could help keep the residents of Union safe each day.”
“I want to congratulate you and thank you on behalf of all of the 59,000 residents in our town,” said Committeeman Manuel Figueiredo. “Thank you for all the years you protected my family, myself, and all of our residents.”