Veteran officers retire with fanfare in Newark
Great story celebrating the careers of two of Newark’s finest.
Monday was the last day at work for two men with nearly 80 collective years on the force. One, Deputy Chief Daniel Zieser, joined in 1972. The other, Capt. Michael Marelli, enlisted eight years earlier. That kind of longevity is rare among police, so the department made a show of it.
Borrowing a tradition from his former employer, the New York Police Department, Police Director Garry McCarthy arranged “walk out” ceremonies marking Zieser and Marelli’s service to the city.
In two separate events – one for Zieser at police headquarters, another for Marelli at the 5th Precinct – the departing commanders walked from their offices as officers stood at attention in their dress uniforms. Mounted cops sat atop their horses and motorcycle patrolmen stood beside their bikes. A police helicopter thumped overhead.