Union City cop rejoins force after eight-year battle with cancer

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After battling stage 4 metastatic colon cancer for the better part of the past decade, Union City Police Lt. James D’Andrea rejoined the force full-time after receiving a clean bill of health last month.

“I finished my chemotherapy at the beginning of October and now I see a doctor, but everything’s good,” D’Andrea told HCV in a sit down interview last week.

“It’s a very trying experience for myself and my family and those people around me. I had to take time off from work during treatments. It’s difficult, the chemotherapy is very exhausting, besides I’ve had several surgeries to remove the tumors that I’ve had.”

A 25-year veteran of the force, D’Andrea commended his fellow men and women in blue for their continued support in the midst of all the recent turmoil in his life.

That support was on full display Friday evening, where the Union City Fraternal Order of Police honored D’Andrea with The Courage Award at their annual holiday party.

D’Andrea hopes that his best days are still ahead, given that he scored number one on the upcoming captain’s test, with two lieutenants expected to be promoted as soon as the end of this week.

“Currently, I’m number one on the list. The list, they made one captain, initially I was number two, so now I moved up to number one … hopefully I will be able to get promoted in the near future,” he explained.

” … I really appreciate the opportunity for promotion: I’ve recovered, I feel that I can do the job and that I can serve the department very well, in that capacity, moving up the career ladder.”

Additionally, a tribute for D’Andrea created by the UCPD FOP Executive Board NJ 216 can be viewed here.