Thursday, December 10th, 2009

The Morris County Freeholders on Dec. 9 presented Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medals to 10 veterans, eight whom are members of the Roxbury Police Department, in recognition of their military service.

The freeholders presented medals to police Corporal Stephen Turko, an Air Force veteran; Detective Sabino Zarro and patrolmen Eugene Campbell, Jack Niemynski and Richard Ricco who are Army veterans; Marine veterans patrolmen William Beck and Thomas Denicola; and Navy veteran Patrolman Michael Fournier.

While the freeholders have presented more than 8,950 Distinguished Military Service Medal at ceremonies across the county since 2000, Freeholder Director Gene F. Feyl told the recipients their ceremony was unique.

“The freeholders have been privileged to have conducted a number of these ceremonies to express our gratitude to men and women who, like you, have distinguished themselves as veterans to ensure that this great nation of ours remains safe and secure,” Feyl said. “But what makes this ceremony different from the others is that as police officers, you continue to place yourself in harms way every day to ensure the safety of the citizens of Roxbury. And for that, too, we are grateful.”

Medals were also presented to Roxbury Municipal Court Judge Carl F. Wronko and his wife, Christine, both of whom are Army veterans who met and became engaged while they were serving in Vietnam in the early 1970s.

More information about the Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medal program may be obtained by contacting the Morris County Veterans Service Office at 973-285-6866.