With the support of Mayor Stack and Chief Molinari, PO Chris Scardino was able to bring his vision to life. On May 13th, 2015 Union City Police renamed 6 city streets, from 15th & Summit Ave through 15th & Palisade Ave, in honor of the 6 fallen heroes that served the city.
The coins, which were designed by PO Chris Scardino and Fr ST Sutton, features a cemetery background with a police car, and a Union City badge with a blue and black bar going across it on one side. On the other side of the coin is a flag in blue with six stars to symbolize each of the fallen officers.
Detective Alex Ruperto #335
On March 14, 2020 the United States of America declared a State of Emergency due to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19. As a result of this pandemic, law enforcement agencies across America now deployed their officers against an invisible enemy in order to continue to protect and serve their communities. Detective Alex Ruperto was a member of the Union City Police Department assigned to the Training Division. As a result of the State of Emergency, Detective Ruperto was reassigned to patrol duties in order to assist members of the department and the community which, like the rest of the world, was now facing a health crisis.
While assigned to his patrol duties, Detective Ruperto contracted the COVID-19 virus and after a brave fight succumbed to the illness. Detective Alex Ruperto’s life and career serve as an example to the Union City Police Department, the community which he served and the family he leaves behind.
As an original member of the Emergency Services Unit he was always at the forefront of the most critical situations. As a member of the Training Division he shared his expertise with members of the department in order to prepare them for their everyday duties. As a member of the police department he dedicated his life and service to the community in which he was raised.
On April 16, 2020 Detective Alex Ruperto gave everything he had to serve and protect the people of Union City and to honorably represent the Union City Police Department. Detective Ruperto is survived by his son, Alex Jr. and his daughter Julianna.
Detective Alex Ruperto will forever be a lasting example of the men and women on a local, national and global level who make the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their fellow man. Rest in peace Detective Alex Ruperto #335.