UNION, NJ – Members of the Union Police and Fire Departments, emergency medical personnel, family and friends honored Sgt. Chantel Brochu  on her retirement with a walkout salute on Tuesday morning at Police Headquarters.

Brochu is retiring from the Union Police after 26 ½ years of service.  She began her career as a telecommunications operator in 199 and was sworn in as a police officer in 1997.

Union Police Director Dan Zeiser said Sgt. Brochu has served in the Patrol, Detective and Traffic Bureaus during her career.  She earned numerous Exemplary Service and Life Saving service awards from PBA Local 69.

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“Undoubtedly, Sgt. Brochu’s dedication to the job and the compassion that she has consistently shown towards her colleagues and the public is a tribute to her as a person and as an officer,” said Zeiser.

“Thank you for the opportunity to serve this community,” said Brochu.  “It was an honor and a privilege.  I gained so much knowledge, and I will carry the experiences serving the public with me forever.”

“It’s really great to see the police honor a long-time, dedicated officer,” said Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio.  “It’s our honor to recognize this employee who has dedicated 26 years to protecting the people of Union.”

“I loved my career, and I had the opportunity to work with some amazing people,” said Brochu.  “I will miss them dearly.”

“On behalf of the citizen’s of Union and the entire Union Police Department,” concluded Director Zeiser, “we hereby thank and salute you for your service and wish you the very best in your retirement.”