Deputy DPW Director's Death a 'Huge Loss'

Elected officials in Chatham Borough said they are 'devastated' at news of a fatal accident.

and Council President James Lonergan reacted with shock and sadness at the news of a , the deputy director of the borough's .

"We're devastated," Harris said. "Charlie was one of those special guys who was just such a nice guy. He had the dedication and sense of responsibility that almost all of our employees have."

The accident also caused serious injuries to Borough Administrator Robert Falzarano and his brother George, both residents of Long Hill Township.

The three men were traveling cross-country together by motorcycle. They were outside Little Rock, Ark., when they were struck from behind by a Chevrolet Tahoe. All three men were wearing helmets, according to Arkansas State Police.

Harris and the Council were notified of the accident Monday night. At the time, Harris was out of the state visiting family. He flew back to New Jersey Tuesday afternoon.

"We're all on pins and needles now hoping Bob and George have a speedy recovery," Harris said.

Council President James Lonergan said he spent time with the DPW and at the Chatham Borough Municipal Building Tuesday to comfort employees.

"This is a small community," Lonergan said, "and the DPW is such a tight-knit group. They're devastated. It's like we lost a brother."

Harris said he called Dziedzic's wife Linda Tuesday to offer his sympathies, and Lonergan said the prayers of all borough employees and officials were with Dziedzic's and Falzarano's families.

"We're doing all we can to support Charlie's family," Harris said. "He was just such a wonderful member of our family. He'll be sorely missed."


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