Pequannock Welcomes New Officers, Reluctantly Says Goodbye

Tuesday March 13th 2012, Pequannock said a reluctant farewell to a veteran officer with the Pequannock Police Department, Lieutenant Daniel Balunis.  Speaking of his time with the department, Balunis referred to his experience as a "dream come true."  Though the ceremony was a jovial one, it was written clearly upon the faces in the crowd that Lieutenant Balunis will be sorely missed as an officer in our community.

Tempering this loss were three promotions, milestones in the careers of other veteran officers with the department, Lieutenant Michael Fairweather, Sergeant Joseph Peters, and Sergeant Paul Philson.  Pequannock looks forward to many more years of excellent service from these wonderful officers.

This event also saw the appointment of two new officers to the department, Officer Leonard Anzano and Officer Matthew Levine.  Levine is a Pequannock native and graduate of the Pequannock Township High School.  Both officers overcame stiff competition to achieve these positions, a fact not lost on the huge crowd which turned out to cheer them into office.

The Pequannock Valley Rotary made a presentation of two bullet-proof vests (not pictured) to the new officers, as they have done with each officer in recent memory.

It was widely agreed through the statements of Police Chief Brian Spring, Mayor Richard Phelan, and the amazing outpouring of emotion from the assembled crowd that Pequannock Township is an incredibly lucky community to have such fine officers.  Congratulations to all mentioned!

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Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock EnvironmentalHistoric District, Open Space, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of  "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region.  Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.  Christopher Lotito Profile

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