Police & Fire

May 20, 2020

UNION, NJ – The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, of every age, and in every walk of life.  And people have had to invent new ways of doing business and staying safe. That goes for frontline workers more than many.  Union firefighters are among those who have adapted to these changes while ...

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UNION, NJ – Union firefighters responded to a fire at a large manufacturing warehouse early Tuesday morning. A fire alarm at 3:22 a.m. alerted firefighters to the incident at 2 Milltown Court, said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio.  Upon arrival, firefighters found fire showing from a first floor ...

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UNION, NJ – A car engulfed in flames sent Union firefighters to Route 78 at about 6:00 Saturday evening. Upon arrival, firefighters found the vehicle on the shoulder of the highway with an engine compartment fire extending to the interior of the car.  The fire was extinguished by firefighters ...

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UNION, NJ – A man, kicked out of a Union liquor store for not wearing a face mask, is being sought for striking two employees with a U-Haul truck in retaliation, Union police say. A 9-1-1 call was received by police Wednesday night at about 8:00 from an employee at Aarti’s Liquors at 1675 Route ...

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UNION, NJ – Philip Pugliese, a patrolman of 23 years with the Union Police Department, received a hero’s welcome on Saturday when he returned home from the hospital after a long, extensive, terrifying, but ultimately successful, battle against COVID-19. “I put out an email to let people know ...

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UNION, NJ – Union County first responders wanted to show their appreciation for the work being done at the county-run COVID-19 test site at Kean University, and a drive-by parade, with fire engine and emergency vehicle sirens blaring, fit the bill. As of April 16, the site has tested close to ...

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UNION, NJ - Union police made two car burglary arrests this week.  And they are reminding residents to lock their car doors. Police say at 1:51 a.m. Wednesday morning, officers received a call of individuals wandering the area of Erhardt Street pulling on door handles. Officers found one adult ...

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UNION, NJ – The Union Fire Department is reminding residents they will, as they always have, respond to all fire and medical calls during the COVID-19 crisis.  In a public letter to residents, Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio said the department is working closely with township EMS, EMU, and Police ...

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UNION, NJ – The Union Fire Department has announced they will be screening all visitors and employees at all points of entry at fire department facilities to minimize exposure to COVID-19. The screenings will check to determine those who have cold and flu-like symptoms, those who have had ...

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UNION, NJ - The Union Police Department is reminding residents, especially elderly residents, to be vigilant against scams during and pertaining to the COVID-19 outbreak. According to police, the elderly are still being targeted with 'grandchild in distress' calls.  Police say scammers are now ...

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UNION, NJ – Union firefighters responded to a basement fire on Pine Avenue Saturday night at about 6:00. The home-owners were outside the home when firefighters arrived, said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio.  They reported a fire in the basement after hearing an explosion and fire ...

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UNION, NJ – Union police, fire and EMS personnel had a rare opportunity on Thursday to train for an active shooter scenario at a large, vacant office building. “This is a high risk, low frequency event that hopefully we never have to respond to,” said Captain Chris Donnelly, “but we need to be ...

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UNION, NJ – Union firefighters responded to a call for a house fire on May Street at about 3:15 Thursday afternoon. According to Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio, the street was being paved and a Union police officer working nearby noticed the fire and made the emergency call.  Scanio said while ...

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UNION, NJ – Two injuries were reported in a three-car accident Thursday evening at the corner of Liberty Avenue and Spruce Street. According to Union firefighters, emergency responders arrived at the scene at approximately 5:20 p.m. to find one vehicle wedged between the other two with the ...

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UNION, NJ – Union police are alerting residents that officers are proactively patrolling schools during drop-off and pick-up times and issuing appropriate summonses to vehicle owners violating parking or traffic laws. According to Union police, there are numerous traffic safety concerns near ...

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UNION, NJ – Three Union police officers took the oath of office at Tuesday night's Township Committee meeting for their new rank within the department. Sergeant Thomas Florio was promoted to Lieutenant Police Officer Juan Vargas was promoted to Sergeant Police Officer George Moutis was ...

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UNION, NJ – Union firefighters, township officials, friends and family were on hand Friday night for the Township of Union Fire Department’s 2019 Awards/Retirement Ceremony at Galloping Hill Caterers.  Seven Union firefighters were celebrated for the recent retirements: Battalion Chief ...

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UNION, NJ – A bus in the express lane of Rt. 78 east ignited into flames early Thursday morning, closing express lanes and causing traffic delays. Union firefighters responded to the bus fire at mile marker 50.8 on Rt. 78 east at just before 7:00 a.m.  Upon arrival, said Union Fire Chief Mike ...

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UNION, NJ – Three Union firefighters are slated to receive the State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (FMBA) Silver Medal of Valor award at the State FMBA Valor Awards dinner in April. Lieutenant Kenneth DeHart, Firefighter Thomas Havyar and Firefighter Stephen Moro were selected to ...

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UNION, NJ – A Magie Avenue liquor store was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday night, Feb. 15, according to Union police. Police say they received a 91-1- call at 9:52 p.m. reporting a robbery at the Village Liquors at 1233 Magie Avenue.  An employee reported that he was robbed by a man with a gun at ...

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UNION, NJ – Over the past several weeks, Union firefighters received a rare and welcomed opportunity for firefighting training and practice inside a vacant building on Morris Avenue. The building, located on the corner of Morris Avenue and Spruce Street, and known as the old Money Store, has ...

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UNION, NJ - Union police are alerting residents to continuing phone scams targeting elderly citizens. According to police, the ongoing phone scams target elderly residents, many of whom are vulnerable to these types of phone calls.  Police are asking residents to take the time to offer ...

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UNION, NJ – Union police are still trying to identify a man wanted in connection with an attempted theft and carjacking on Feb. 1 and now the Union County CRIME STOPPERS is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information about the incidents. According to the Union County CRIME STOPPERS ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - Recently retired Union Firefighter Captain Gary Steitz, Sr., received a resolution commending and congratulating him on his retirement as the Union County Fire Investigation Unit Coordinator from Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella and Freeholder Angela Garretson. Steitz ...

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UNION, NJ - Union detectives are investigating a crime that took place on Chestnut Street and are seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect. Police received a 9-1-1 call from a citizen reporting a carjacking on Saturday, Feb. 1.  According to police, as a man was entering the Chestnut ...

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UNION, NJ – Union firefighters and police responded to a fiery single-vehicle crash Sunday morning on Route 22 east, just before the Parkway North entrance. According to a fire department official, the vehicle appeared to have left the roadway and struck a large sign at about 7:30 a.m.  The ...

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UNION, NJ - Union High School underwent two lockdowns on Friday, implemented by school security, according to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. The first lockdown occurred this morning, said the Prosecutors Office, when it was discovered that two students had weapons inside the school. Union ...

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UNION, NJ – Union High School Principal Mark Hoyt sent a voice message to parents Friday afternoon, at about 2:45, in response to the lockdown still in place at the school. Hoyt’s message says: "Good afternoon.  This is Mr. Hoyt calling from Union High School.  Earlier today the Union Police ...

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UNION, NJ - A lockdown is currently underway at Union High School, beginning Friday morning just after 11:00 a.m., according to a police official. The Union police have established a perimeter around the building.  As of 1:30 p.m., the lockdown was still in progress.  Police Captain Robert ...

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UNION, NJ – Fellow officers, township officials, peers, family and friends gathered on the steps of the Union Police Department on Thursday for the final walkout of Union Detective William Fuentes. Also retiring, but unable to attend the walkout ceremony, is Lieutenant Sean Herrighty. Fuentes ...

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