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Vol. LXIII, No. 29
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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Borough Council Honors Chief Federico’s Service, Approves PU Firefighters

Dilshanie Perera

At last Tuesday’s meeting, Borough Council honored former Police Chief Anthony Federico, who died suddenly while on vacation in Maine in late June.

Calling it a difficult time, Mayor Mildred Trotman said she would like to publicly thank “our department for their role throughout that time,” adding that “they make us proud.”

“I’d also like to thank some of our neighbors for coming out to help us during that time, especially Princeton Township, the Sheriff’s Department from Mercer County, and other municipalities,” she noted.

Council member David Goldfarb said, “I wish I had the opportunity to acknowledge Tony’s service at his retirement, but we’re going to be deprived of that,” emphasizing that “the department is significantly better for the work Tony did as Chief.”

Mr. Federico served on the Borough Police since January of 1980, and became Chief of Police on February 1, 2005. He was born in Princeton and graduated from Princeton High School in 1972.

“I commend him and his memory,” declared Roger Martindell, who admitted that “Tony and I didn’t agree on everything, but I never for a moment ever thought that he wasn’t fully dedicated, very engaged, committed to the town, and committed to the department.”

Ms. Trotman said that the Borough may issue a formal proclamation to honor Mr. Federico’s service sometime in the near future. “We are much better for having had him leading our department for all of these years,” she said.

Borough Council also approved of a memorial to David Bradford to be installed in Pine Street Park.

An exposed rock tablet in the northeast corner of the park will read “In Memory — David Bradford — 1939-2005 — Carpe Diem,” with engraving costs to be paid privately.

Council President Andrew Koontz called the memorial “very tasteful,” saying that it would fit well in the newly rehabilitated park.

Twenty-five Pine Street residents had petitioned Council to allow for the engraving.

In other news, after creating a special “Associate Member” category in March for Princeton University to launch a pilot program allowing staff members to volunteer with the Princeton Fire Department during work hours, Borough Council approved 13 applications by University employees to become Associate Members of the Fire Department.

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