FAIR HAVEN SOLDIER MAKES WALL OF HONOR

knollwoodFrom left, Joe Perrotto and Denise, Stefani, and Charlie Sciametta at the ceremony marking the unveiling of Anthony Sciametta’s photo (top center) on the Knollwood School “Wall of Honor.”

Press release from Fair Haven School District

Anthony Sciametta, a 2011 graduate of Knollwood School in Fair Haven, has joined the special “ranks” of those commemorated with a photo on the “Wall of Honor.”

Commissioned and designed in 2011 to honor graduates serving their country in the armed forces, the “Wall of Honor” is featured in a main hallway at Knollwood School. Anthony’s photo  was unveiled at a ceremony held on the afternoon of December 16.

A 2015 graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, where he ran four seasons of Cross Country track and was named Captain of the team as a senior, Anthony received the “U.S. Army Top Future Soldier Award” as Central Jersey’s most outstanding recruit. Anthony enlisted in the Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in 2015 during his senior year at RFH, and graduated from Basic Training at Fort Benning, GA on December 11, in the presence of his parents Denise and Charlie and his twin sister Stefani. He was assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, First Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, at Fort Drum, NY and traveled there immediately after his graduation.

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FORMER FIRE CHIEF PLEADS GUILTY TO DWI

oceanic-rescueEmergency workers hustle Shaun Foley to an ambulance moments after rescuing him from the Navesink River on November 22.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Fair Haven’s former fire chief pleaded guilty to drunken driving Monday, putting an end to legal troubles caused by a November accident that quickly turned into a search-and-rescue effort when he fled the scene and jumped off the Oceanic Bridge.

Shaun Foley, 27, entered the plea in Rumson Municipal Court before Long Branch Municipal Judge George Cieri. Three other charges — reckless driving, failure to report and leaving the scene of an accident — were thrown out as part of the plea deal. Foley, who was also a Rumson Police dispatcher and part-time police officer, was ordered to pay about $675 in fines, undergo a state-mandated evaluation and lost his license for seven months.

“I just want to apologize to everybody,” he said in court. “I embarrassed myself, definitely, but both organizations and my family.”

He added that he was thankful that even though his crash caused a second accident on River Road, nobody was injured as a result of what he said was “just a pile of bad decisions.”

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FOLEY TO FACE DWI CHARGES MONDAY

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By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Former Fair Haven Fire Chief Shaun Foley is scheduled to appear in Rumson Municipal court late Monday afternoon to answer charges arising from a November 22 car crash that led to his being fished out of the Navesink River a mile away.

The 27-year-old Fair Haven resident and former Rumson police dispatcher faces charges of DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and failure to report. Following the November incident, Foley, through his lawyer, Mitchell Ansell, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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FOLEY’S WRECK CAUSED SECOND CRASH

foley-suvFoley’s SUV in the Atlantic Highlands wrecking yard where it was towed after the accident. (Photo courtesy of Rumson PD)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A motorist crashed into the telephone pole and wires downed by former Fair Haven Fire Chief Shaun Foley in the November 22 Rumson wreck that led to his being charged with drunken driving, according to records obtained by redbankgreen.

Police reports on the accident also reveal that Foley tried to flee the scene in his heavily damaged fire department vehicle before it conked out just a block away, in front of Rumson’s Borough Hall.

As previously reported, 27-year-old Foley, who worked as a Rumson police dispatcher and part-time policeman, then took off on foot to the Oceanic Bridge, a mile away, where he jumped into the Navesink River, prompting a massive rescue effort involving helicopters and boats.

The 17 pages of reports, though, give the first official indication of the earliest stages of the drama that began unfolding shortly before 6p that Sunday evening.

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POLICE THREATEN REPORTER WITH ARREST

just_in1[EDITOR’S NOTE: See update below]

A redbankgreen reporter was threatened with arrest by Fair Haven police today when he tried to photograph the wrecked fire department vehicle of former fire chief Shaun Foley.

The incident occurred at the borough’s public works department facility on Allen Street, where the fire department vehicle was partially covered by a tarp, says reporter Dustin Racioppi.

According to Racioppi, he entered the administrative building at the site in order to get permission from DPW supervisor and borough engineer Rich Gardella to take pictures of the car within the borough property.

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FOLEY CRASH WAS SECOND IN 20 MONTHS

img_5763120109The sheared stump of the utility pole struck by Foley’s car on East River Road was still there Monday, more than a week after the accident.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

[EDITOR’S NOTE: See update below]

Former Fair Haven Fire Chief Shaun Foley had an accident in his fire department vehicle 20 months before a second wreck prompted charges that led to his resignation last week, police records confirm.

A report on the March 16, 2008, accident, which occurred on Ridge Road near Kemp Avenue in Fair Haven, says no test for alcohol was given to Foley.

Foley faces a charge of drunken driving in the more recent incident, which occurred November 22 in Rumson. In that case, police allege that Foley crashed his fire chief’s vehicle into a telephone pole on East River Road shortly before 6p, fled the scene on foot and, after being located a mile away on the Oceanic Bridge, and jumped about 30 feet into the Navesink River, prompting a massive rescue effort. He was uninjured.

In the earlier accident, Foley also smacked a utility pole, according to records obtained by redbankgreen.

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PRESS: FOLEY RESIGNS, FACES DUI CHARGE

shaun-foley2-010108Shaun Foley has quit his post as Fair Haven’s fire chief following a bizarre series of incidents Sunday night that began with a car crash and ended with a massive effort to rescue him from the Navesink River, according to the Asbury Park Press.

The 27-year-old Foley has also retained a lawyer and plans to plead not guilty to charges of drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident and reckless driving in Rumson, where he was a police dispatcher and special police officer —jobs that he also resigned Tuesday, the Press reports.

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CHIEF TO FACE CHARGES FOR ACCIDENT

img_5243112209A Fair Haven Rescue Squad ambulance carries Fire Chief Shaun Foley  from the scene of his  apparent suicide attempt in Rumson Sunday night. Below, Foley in early 2008.

shaun-foley2-010108No charges have yet been filed against Fair Haven Fire Chief Shaun Foley following an accident and apparent suicide attempt that brought a phalanx of rescuers to the Oceanic Bridge in Rumson Sunday evening, according to Rumson Police Chief Ricky Tobias.

A search-and-rescue operation that entailed three helicopters and a team of divers resulted in Foley being fished safely out of the dark waters of the Navesink River after about 45 minutes, Tobias tells redbankgreen.

Foley, who is also a police dispatcher and special officer in the Rumson police department, is reported to be in fair condition at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune and is expected to be released this afternoon, Tobias says.

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RESCUE EFFORT SHUTS OCEANIC BRIDGE

oceanic-rescueEmergency workers hustled the victim along a dock at Salt Creek Grille to a waiting ambulance.

A possible suicide attempt led to a massive rescue effort near the Oceanic Bridge in Rumson Sunday evening.

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