Monday, January 22, 2018


A residential burglary occurred on Big Piece Road, near Sylvan Drive, on January 20, 2018 between 3:15 PM and 6:45 PM. Unknown actor(s) forced open front door and ransacked rooms.

The police department is asking all residents to immediately contact the police if they observed any suspicious conditions in their neighborhoods


Raymond W. "Ray" Ledward Jr. (74) of Union Dale, PA., formerly of West Caldwell, died Saturday December 30, 2017, at home. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Donna. He was a loving husband and a proud father and grandfather. He was a graduate of James Caldwell High School, Class of 1961. He attended the Teterboro School of Aeronautics and continued his training in the United States Air Force.

After his service, he continued his education, earning an Associate of Science Degree from the County College of Morris, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in public safety and triple master of arts in criminal research and planning, community affairs, and urban and education, all from William Paterson University.

He served in the United States Air Force, enlisting in 1964 and trained in the aircraft mechanics field. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he earned several medals, including the Presidential Unit Citation and Presidential Personal Citation, each with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Good Conduct and Vietnam Medal and a Bronze Star. He served in the Army National Guard at the Picatinny Arsenal from 1989-1991.

Sergeant Ledawrd retired in 1994 from the Fairfield Police Department after 26 years. He served as a patrol officer and a detective and greatly enjoyed being the head of the firearms unit for 14 years. The department's old firearms range, located behind police headquarters, was affectionately known as "Fort Ledward"

He received two citations for valor in the line of duty in addition to numerous awards. He was known for speaking his mind and enjoyed serving alongside his fellow officers. In honor of his service, all Fairfield officers will be wearing mourning bands over their badges for the next 30 days.


The Fairfield Police Department is adamantly warning motorists not to leave their vehicles idling while unattended. While it is against state law to do so, the bigger concern is the increase of stolen vehicles occurring in the West Essex area over the past few months that have been taken as a result of motorists who have done just that. The most recent incident took place on Saturday March 2, 2013 at the A-1 Sunoco station at the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Greenbrook Road. A 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer was taken in just a few seconds when the owner ran into the store.


Chief Charles Voelker will be hosting his monthly meeting of the Citizens Traffic and Crime Prevention Committee. The chief will discuss issues relating to each topic and will field questions about law enforcement activities in Fairfield. The meeting will be held at the Fairfield Community Center, 376 Hollywood Avenue, on Augsut 21, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.  Everyone is welcome to attend.


There will be a regularly scheduled meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council on Monday April 9, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.

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