Captain Pete DeFazio is leaving the Red Bank PD after 35 years.
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Pete DeFazio has always been a Green Bay Packers fan, which may seem odd given that he’s a born-and-bred Red Banker living in a state with two pro football teams.
“I like cold weather,” he says, by way of explanation. “I’ve been to Wisconsin a few times”.
He sports a Packers sticker on his office door and, since his father passed away and was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Middletown, where the late Packers head coach Vince Lombardi also rests, DeFazio jokes that his dad has the legendary coach for a neighbor.
The elder DeFazio didn’t really have a favorite team, so the son’s passion didn’t come from his father. But DeFazio’s sense of community service did. Like his dad before him, DeFazio has served on the Red Bank First Aid Squad and Relief Engine Co. since he was a young man.
He went one step further, though. When a spot opened up on the Red Bank police force in 1975, DeFazio started a career as a policeman first as a dispatcher, then a patrolman and, eventually, captain, the highest rank within the force short of chief.