To the editor:

In this month that commemorates the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon 10 years ago, I want to thank the past and present members of the Essex County Sheriff's Department who have donned the uniform of a branch of our country's armed services and fought for our safety in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They are silent, selfless heroes who deserve our eternal thanks and gratitude.

I would like to recognize Paul Atkinson, Mark Avery, Ryan Broughey, Jennifer Coale, Jerry Epison, Thomas Gaglione, Anthony Gaieski, Emilio Garcia, James Gioia, Andrew Glaizer, Matthew Gleason, Eric Haggstrom, Richard Hamilton, Nathan Hicks, Jerome Jellison, Johnny Jiminez, Frank Lascola, Ronald LeBlanc, Joseph LeBlanc, Sean Maguire, Kenneth O'Brien, Thomas Reddy, David Solari, Bryan Taylor, Brian Vitale, David Walsh and John Whaley for their sacrifice and all that they have done for us.

We are deeply indebted to you all.

Frank G. Cousins Jr.

Essex County sheriff

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