UNION, NJ – Retired Union Police Officer Dave Cuozzo and family members attended Tuesday night’s Township Committee meeting for the presentation of a check from April’s Taste of Union event.

The Taste of Union Committee presented Cuozzo and his family a check for $25,000.

“On behalf of the Taste of Union Committee, I would like to thank all of the participating restaurants who donated their time and foods, the residents who supported us, and the Township Committee, the Fire Department and the Police Department for all of their help,” said Taste of Union Committee Chairwoman Phyllis Monguso.

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“Thank you to everyone,” said Cuozzo, “the committee, the police and fire departments and the restaurants.  I really appreciate it and so does my family.”

Within hours of being rushed to Morristown Memorial Hospital five years ago, Cuozzo, a 25-year police veteran and father of four, found himself paralyzed and fighting for his life. 

Placed on life support, doctors worked feverishly to halt the negative progression of Cuozzo’s condition and to identify it.   After weeks of isolation and tests, doctors diagnosed Cuozzo with Transverse Myelitis which causes inflammation and damage to the spinal cord. Transverse Myelitis interrupts the messages that the spinal cord sends throughout the body.  It causes pain, muscle weakness, paralysis, sensory problems and organ dysfunction or failure.