The City of Hoboken will fly their flags at half-staff for one week after the sudden passing of Police Sgt. Peter Zanin, Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of @HobokenPD Sergeant Peter Zanin, (pictured far right), at 4am this morning at St. Claire’s Hospital in Denville,” Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante tweeted at 9:13 a.m. this morning.
“He leaves behind his wife Samantha, 3 young children, his mother Arlene, brother Kevin, & brother-in-law Ryan.”
About an hour later, Bhalla said in a statement that he knew Zanin well and praised not only his service, but the way he conducted himself in every day life.
“On behalf of the City of Hoboken, I send my deepest condolences to the Zanin family and the entire Hoboken Police Department for the tragic loss of Sgt. Peter Zanin. I am fortunate for having the privilege of getting to know Sgt. Zanin,” the mayor explained.
“He was not a man of pretense, but rather a man who exhibited quiet grace and humility. He was kind human and a gentle soul. Sgt. Zanin wore his uniform proudly and served our community with honor. His loss is a tremendous loss for the city. May his soul rest in peace.”
Additionally, the Hoboken Police Superior Officers Association took to Twitter to pay tribute to Zanin, who his colleagues affectionately referred to as “Peachy.”
“Today we mourn the loss of our brother, Sgt. Pete “Peachy” Zanin. We pray for strength and grace for his family, especially his wife and children, as they bear this unimaginable loss. We are grateful to the community for their continued support,” they wrote.
Zanin’s first day on the job as a Hoboken police officer was June 1st, 1997, according to public records.