BRIGANTINE— Each year, NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is an opportunity to engage in community policing and law enforcement officers participate in this event in municipalities across our region. For Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. David Gazzara, National Night Out is an opportunity to help the public understand bomb squad equipment and also be educated on safety precautions. This RANDOM ACT OF COPNESS from ACPO’s Sgt. Gazzara is community policing that he has stayed committed to sharing in the community for almost a decade.
“Sgt. Gazzara’s commitment to our community and his knowledge regarding explosives is invaluable when educating the public about the mission of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. Each year, at National Night Out, Sgt. Gazzara successfully engages with youth and adults alike to inform them about his responsibilities in the Bomb Unit. I thank him for his service to Atlantic County and to our country as he continues his military service with the United States Air Force,” said Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill.
Tuesday evening, Sgt. Gazzara attended NATIONAL NIGHT OUT in Brigantine and like all the previous years he arrived to meet the community with the Atlantic City Bomb Squad vehicle and equipment. During NATIONAL NIGHT OUT on Tuesday evening, Sgt. Gazzara and the bomb squad truck were surrounded by crowds of wide-eyed children and adults alike as he showed them the bomb squad equipment. Sgt. Gazzara showed the crowds the unit’s bomb squad truck, robot, portable x-ray, robot and examples of items the unit has come across while on the job.
“Kids and adults enjoy looking at our bomb equipment in person. It’s usually stuff they only see on TV or in the movies. I also pass along safety tips about IEDs and military ordnance that is often found in the three counties that we service. This way, if children or adults find these dangerous items, they will know not to touch them and give law enforcement a call right away so I can respond and render safe these dangerous items,” Sgt. Gazzara said.
Sgt. Gazzara has also served in the military for about 23 years so far. His service includes 9 years of active duty service in the US Army and includes his time working for the UN as a UNSCOM Chemical Weapons Inspector in Iraq. Sgt. Gazzara’s current military career is being served in the US Air Force where he currently holds the rank of Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt/E-9).
“Sgt. Gazzara is the type of detective that any agency would be honored to have. He has a true work ethic which is second to none. When you meet him, he is so laid back that you have no idea the work and knowledge he has put into the area of explosives. I still get amazed how every time I go somewhere across the country and speak with members of the military / law enforcement EOD community, they always talk about Sgt. Gazzara. I recently attended a briefing with the FBI at their Newark Headquarters this past May. During this briefing they spoke about their Stabilization Team and the contributions, knowledge and experience that Sgt. Gazzara brings,” said Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Investigators Bruce K. DeShields.
Thank you, Sgt. Gazzara for your service to Atlantic County and to our country and for going above and beyond the call of duty in the community that you serve!
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Anyone with information, regarding serious crimes are asked to contact the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.