Over the past two days, it was an honor to attend the wake and Mass of Christian Burial for Detective Matthew Tarentino both as mayor and as a friend. Words cannot express our loss. My heart is full of sorrow, but is also overwhelmed with pride in the way the Summit community has gathered together to support his wife and children. As of the morning of June 6, the PAL YouCaring fund has raised over $500,000 dollars to help provide for the future financial security of Detective Tarentino’s family. I know what a special place Summit is, and so did Matt. This tangible expression of our sense of connection and shared responsibility for one another is exactly what he exemplified in his lifetime. Thank you to everyone who has offered support to the Tarentino family, and to Matt’s fellow Summit police officers.