Union City Police Capt. D’Andrea, 25-year veteran of the force, loses battle with cancer


Union City Police Capt. James D’Andrea, a 25-year veteran of the force just days short of his retirement, lost a long battle with cancer earlier today.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Words cannot express the loss felt by the Union City Police Department with the passing of Captain James D’Andrea,” Chief Nichelle Luster said in a statement.

“James courageously fought cancer for eight years. The love for his family and friends served as his motivation to fight until his passing. James was a truly unique and intellectual person. He had a dry and understated wit and left an impression on everyone who worked with him. I can speak for the entire Union City Police Department when I say that fond memories of James will remain in our hearts forever.”

In December 2018, D’Andrea spoke with HCV about receiving a clean bill of health and aspiring to be promoted to captain.

Days later, when Luster was promoted to police chief, D’Andrea received his wish.

Prior to his service with the Union City Police Department, D’Andrea served in the United States Air Force. On January 18th, 1995,  D’Andrea joined the police department and later graduated from the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Union on June 6th, 1995.

During his time in the police department, D’Andrea achieved the rank of sergeant in 1999, lieutenant in 2008 and captain in 2018. He served in the patrol division, office of professional standards, communications division, and bureau of internal affairs – as well as the details and grants coordinator.

Throughout his career, D’Andrea received many awards and commendations during his tenure, including the Union City Fraternal Order of Police’s Courage Award.

“The hearts of all of Union City are heavy today with the news of the passing of Captain James D’Andrea. James always had a calm and kind demeanor and displayed care for all the residents of Union City,” said state Senator (D-33)/Mayor Brian Stack.

“He was a consummate professional and took so much pride in serving the public. His contributions to the city and to the Union City Police Department will be his lasting legacy. My thoughts and prayers go out to the D’Andrea family and friends and all the men and women of the Union City Police Department.”

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