South Brunswick – The town mourns the sudden death of Officer Lenny Hibbits.
The 36-year-old law enforcement veteran retired from the South Brunswick Police Department and became a lieutenant, according to information provided by the department on February 17. He later returned to the department in 2017 as a school resource III class officer.
In 2001, he was part of a team of South Brunswick officers sent to New York to help immediately after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
During his more than three decades, he has worked in many aspects of the police department, including patrol, emergency response team (ERT), evening shift manager, head of the Traffic Bureau and school resource officer (SRO), the statement said.
According to the statement, he was known as a quiet leader, whose mere presence could calm the scene. His devotion to public service in the police was combined with his commitment to the fire service, where he was a firefighter and chief of the fire service in Jamesburg, the statement said.
Chief Raymond Haiduk said in a statement: “Lenny loved being a police officer and serving our community. He was a gentle giant, quiet and resourceful. He knew everyone and everything that was going on.
“If something happened, Lenny was the person you were looking for,” he said.
Funerals will be arranged when they are available.