At a recent public meeting of the Glen Rock Borough Council held on June 28th, 2023, council members recognized local heroes and discussed a range of issues, from safety measures and public health initiatives to the importance of community service and upcoming events.
The meeting began with a heartfelt tribute to Charlie, a respected World War II veteran and lifelong resident of Glen Rock, who had recently passed away at 101. Mayor Kristine Morieko lauded Charlie’s service record, reminding those present of his Certificate of Valor and two Bronze battle participation stars.
Next, the council celebrated the contributions of Diane, a volunteer EMT with the Glen Rock Volunteer Ambulance Corps for 45 years. Mayor Morieko read a proclamation acknowledging Diane’s grace, medical acumen, and class, noting the deep community appreciation for her and the comfort she had offered “to countless residents.”
Diane, who had served in multiple roles within the Ambulance Corps including a 15-time president, recording secretary, and corresponding secretary, was praised for her significant role in maintaining the Corps’ familial atmosphere. Her retirement effective June 30, 2023, marked the end of a remarkable chapter in Glen Rock’s community service history.
Three Department of Public Works (DPW) employees, Jimmy Ello, John Lin, and Devin Hughes were also recognized for their quick and compassionate assistance during a child’s bicycle accident. The council commended their actions as exemplifying true dedication, leading to their being dubbed “guardian angels” by the grateful Malco family, whose child they helped.
Similarly, Special Officer James Park, Firefighter Ryan Jens, and Adam High attack of the Glen Rock Police Department were commended for their heroic actions in rescuing a woman trapped during heavy rain.
Community service was a recurring theme throughout the meeting. The council celebrated the efforts of the Senior Advisory Committee in maintaining the community garden, which donates its produce to needy places. The successful execution of a senior prom event for senior citizens, with contributions from the Grad Ball 2023 Committee and Council President Mary Barchetto, also received recognition.
The council further shared information on the receipt of a $250,000 grant from the American Rescue Plan for infrastructure repairs and maintenance expenses for the fire department, library, and town hall buildings.
Moreover, upcoming events such as the emergency preparedness program, Fitness Fest, late-night pool parties, and a concert in Wild Memorial Park were announced to the community. The Glen Rock Fire Department, having responded to 17 alarms in May, was praised for its unwavering service.