Eight Essex County Employees Recognized for Service in US Armed Forces – Essex News Daily

Photo courtesy of Glen Frieson
At the 13th annual Essex County Veterans Day at Veterans Memorial Park in Newark on Thursday, Nov. 10, are, left to right, Essex County Community Award winners Christopher Richardson, Andres Made and Larry Sermons; Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr.; and winners Tyronne Winn, Robert Sutton and Andres Lebron. Not shown are winners Johnny Lawton and Sylvia Velez.

NEWARK, NJ – The 13th annual Essex County Veterans Day celebration was held on Thursday, November 10 at Essex County Veterans Memorial Park in Newark. During the ceremony, the county executive presented the Essex County Community Star Awards to eight Essex County employees who have served or continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces.

“Throughout our country’s history, brave men and women have put their lives on hold to serve in America’s armed forces at home and abroad. Our Essex County Veterans Memorial Park was created to provide our veterans with a place to find serenity and comfort, and to constantly remind the public of their contributions and sacrifices,” said Essex County Executive, Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. “We are proud to stand with our veterans on this important occasion, to show them our respect and to thank them for representing our country with gallantry and bravery. Our honorees this year demonstrate their commitment to public service by working as county employees and helping us continue to put Essex County first.

The following individuals have received Essex County Community Star Awards.

  • Andres Lebron is a member of the Army National Guard and a detective in the Essex County District Attorney’s Office Homicide Unit.
  • Andres Made is a Marine Corp Veteran and is currently a Data Processing Systems Programmer in the Family Assistance and Benefits Division Computer Unit. He was in the Marines for four years and was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina; Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, also known as 29 Palms, Calif.; and Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.
  • Christopher Richardson is an Army Veteran and is currently a Detective in the Essex County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division. He served in the military for 26 years, rising to the rank of Sergeant First Class, and was responsible for recruit training while stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a police officer for 12 years and previously worked in the Courts Division and was on loan to ECPO for a year.
  • Johnny Lawton is an Army veteran and serves as the records keeper in the substitute’s office.
  • Larry Sermons is an Army veteran and is an advisor to the Innovation and Workforce Opportunity Act team within the Employment and Training Division.
  • Robert Sutton is a Navy veteran and is currently a detective in the sheriff’s office. He was in the Navy for four and a half years and was assigned to the Navy Security Forces unit responsible for counter-terrorism and force protection throughout Southwest Asia. He has worked in the Sheriff’s Office for 15 years and was previously assigned to the Courts, K-9 Unit and Patrol Divisions.
  • Sylvia Velez is a Marine Corps veteran and an advisor to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act team in the Employment and Training Division.
  • Tyronne Winn is a Marine Corps veteran and currently a keyboard clerk in the Computer Unit of the Family Assistance and Benefits Division. He was in the Marines for four years, serving as a member of the security forces at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland, where he guarded nuclear-capable aircraft and was a member of the Special Reaction Force. Additionally, he was an infantry rifleman at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.