BTPD Performed Ceremonial Unveiling
of Headstone for Former Sergeant
Bordentown Township Police Department performed ceremonial unveiling of headstone for former Sergeant who was also a Vietnam War veteran.
On Friday, May 21 the Bordentown Township Police Department (BTPD) performed a ceremonial unveiling of a headstone recently obtained for Sgt. Stanley Piechota who died in 1982 following a valiant battle with cancer.
Stanley R. Piechota was one of the original eight members of the Bordentown Township Police Department hired when the Department was created in 1972. Prior to his employment as a police officer, Stanley was an enlisted member of the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1969 and served in the Vietnam war. Stanley was promoted to Police Sergeant and was living a normal life with his wife Nancy and two young children, Stanley Jr. and Jill, when he was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer in 1982 – believed to be caused by exposure to Agent Orange during his military service. Despite receiving excellent medical care and having the support of the Bordentown community, Stanley died shortly after his diagnosis at the young age of 36. He was then buried at the Newtown Cemetery in Newtown, Pennsylvania.
One of our Department's retired officers recently went to visit Stanley's burial site and found that no headstone or marker was located at his place of rest, and that he was buried in an unmarked grave. Our Department then contacted Congressman Andy Kim, whose office quickly provided invaluable assistance in obtaining a headstone for Stanley from the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
The headstone was unveiled in a graveside ceremony attended by Stanley’s family, friends and former colleagues here at the Police Department. Our Department chaplain, Sgt. Wayne Lebak (Ret.), provided the invocation followed by remarks from Chief Brian Pesce, SFC. Brian Dumont (Ret.), Mayor Steve Benowitz and Stanley’s son, Rick Piechota. The Department Honor Guard then played Taps and performed a flag folding which was presented to Stanley’s family.
The Bordentown Township Police Department extends heartfelt gratitude to Congressman Andy Kim, J.M. Bowker & Son Memorial, Newtown Cemetery and the Piechota family for all their efforts to properly memorialize Stanley in the manner he so justly deserved.