Four new members of the elite Morris County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) were sworn in Wednesday, January 15, to the specialized law enforcement unit that responds to all critical incidents involving threats, hazards and crises.
Before an audience of fellow SERT members, friends and family, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon administered the oath that declared the new SERT members “Deputy Sheriffs” during a ceremony at the Morris County Office of Emergency Management.
The new members are Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Section Detective Marc J. Adamsky, Pequannock Township Police Department Detective Matthew Halligan, Denville Township Police Department Detective Zach Lancaster, and Denville Township Police Department Patrolman Matthew S. Zurlo.
SERT is composed of highly-trained Officers from municipal police departments in Morris County and includes six Officers — a Detective Lieutenant, Detective Sergeant, two Detective Corporals, a Detective and one Officer – from the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Gannon praised the caliber of the newest SERT members, who were selected after rigorous interview, firearms proficiency and physical fitness assessments. The Sheriff also noted the sophisticated integration of SERT with a medical component called the Special Operations Group (SOG), and with the K-9 and Bomb Squad specialty units.
“To just watch this team operate is something that is always embedded in my mind. The level of expertise is unmatched. You should all be very proud to be selected,” Sheriff Gannon said.
SERT Commander, Detective Gino Fluri, a retired Commander of the New Jersey State Police Technical Emergency and Mission Specialists (TEAMS) Unit, took charge of the SERT Unit in 2013. Between January 2014 and December 2019, he said, SERT has conducted 287 operations, including 19 responses to barricaded subjects, execution of search warrants, dignitary protection details, protection of President Donald Trump, counter-assault team details, and Homeland Security details.
SERT members, who assist in training local police, fire and emergency medical service workers, have undergone 2,898 hours of specialized training and more than 28,000 individual unit-training hours since January 2014, Commander Fluri said.
“We have a team of leaders on SERT. Everyone on this team is expected to be a leader,” Commander Fluri said.
SERT’s motto is: “Work Hard In Silence. Let Success Make The Noise.”