Former Guttenberg police sergeant who committed suicide identified


A former Guttenberg police sergeant who was found dead inside of his car from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Sunday has been identified as Michael D’annunzio.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Guttenberg Deputy Public Safety Director Joel Magenheimer confirmed this morning that D’annunzio was the deceased officer in question, adding that the incident took place at his Cliffside Park home, therefore borough police handled the situation.

“Me and him grew up on the job … he was just a good friend of mine that will surely be missed,” Magenheimer said in remembrance of his former colleague on the force.

Magenheimer and Guttenberg Mayor Gerald Drasheff exclusively told Hudson County View yesterday that a former police sergeant in town was found dead in his car on Sunday evening after shooting himself in the head.

The Cliffside Park Police Department deferred comment to a borough spokesman early this morning, who could not immediately be reached at his office. This story will be updated in the event further comment is given.

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  1. Absolutely heartbreaking. I grew up in Guttenberg and remember Mike and Artie and so many of the other policemen who worked so hard to protect the community. They knew the people in the town as well as their children. They always stopped to say hello and showed respect and concern for everyone. Rest in peace Mike, prayers for family and friends.

  2. I’m heart broken.I grew up in Guttenberg and knew Mike, he lived around the corner from me. I remember during the black out in 2003 he came around my building and turned on the lights in his patrol car so that I could have a little light in the hallway so that I could find myself up to my apartment. I felt so embarrassed but he got a kick out of that. He was always there to help everyone. I am going to miss you my friend. My sincere condolences to his family, the Guttenberg police force and all his friends.

  3. Back on the 90, I was a garage attendant at the Galaxy and Mike, used to came out every day with Lee Masenger, Heckins, Conmesano and other frienly officers to switch patrol cars, they all grew up in this town as family.we all are going to miss Mike and this tragedy should tech us how important is to understand how much pressure this officers are dealing with day by day, doing the job and helping us. Next time you see one of then give then and smile, and tell them how mush we appreciate and care ,…some times that will be all the help they need! .RIP Mike we all are going to miss you!!! God bless your Family.

    • Coward? Says the man writing it behind a computer screen. You’re probably one of the “cowards” my father locked up over his 25 years of honorable police work. You should be ashamed of yourself.