Group honors two for public service

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SPARTA — On March 1, more than 100 Sparta Unico members, family and friends along with members of the Sparta Ambulance Services and Police Department gathered to honor two of Sparta's finest public servants while enjoying a beefsteak feast served by The Brownstone Caterer's from Paterson at the Sparta Ambulance Building.

Master of Ceremony Glen Vetrano along with Chapter President Ken Carafello from Sparta Unico presented two individuals with a plaque for their dedication to public safety.

The honoree for the Police Department was Lt. Joseph Schetting, a 24 year veteran of the Sparta Township Police Department and life-long Sussex County resident.

During his 24 years, he has revamped the firearms program, assumed command of the Operations Division and put to the test during Hurricane Katrina in charge of a 20 office platoon providing armed security which provided valuable experience as incident commander for Hurricane Irene and SuperStorm Sandy, according to a Sparta Unico news release.

Lt. Joseph Schetting's leadership and commitment to the citizens of Sparta and the Sparta Township Police Department are heartily commended by Sparta Unico, the release states.

The honoree from the Sparta Ambulance Service was First Lt. Margaret Carbery ,who started her service in 2010, and became an EMT in August of 2011vafter graduating college.

Lifeguarding since 2003, Carbery has been providing services to the citizens before entering high school. As an officer and member, Carbery has worked with new members providing leadership and training. The Cadet Program now has a wait list. Providing her services as a spokesperson at town meetings and public events, she has been one of the most active members responding to rescue calls, the release states.

Sparta Unico raises funds through various fundraisers throughout the year and meets every third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Sparta Ambulance Building, lower level, 14 Main St. in Sparta.

For more information you can contact Sparta Unico at

Pictured below are: Sparta Chapter President Ken Carafello, Sparta Ambulance Service First Lt. Margaret Carbery, Sparta Township Police Department Lt. Joseph Schetting, and Chairman and Master of Ceremony Glen Vetrano.

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