Joint Statement of the Nutley Board of Commissioners on the Tragic Park Avenue Fire

As a follow-up to the Department of Public Safety’s initial comments, the Nutley Board of Commissioners offer our condolences to the Russo family on the loss of Amanda and Danny in the tragic fire on Saturday. We also pray for the complete recovery of Mr. Russo.

As we mourn the loss of two of our residents, we must also salute the efforts of our first responders. Nutley Police, Nutley Volunteer Emergency Rescue, and Nutley Fire Departments, as well as the surrounding municipalities who offered mutual aid, played a critical role in preventing further tragedy.

Thank you to Nutley resident and Good Samaritan, Joe Caprio, who bravely and unselfishly helped evacuate the home and called 911. Thank you also to the Russo’s friends and neighbors who have opened their hearts and homes to the family.

To our residents who have shown such compassion for the family in this trying time, you reinforce what we already know, the Nutley community will always rally to support Nutley residents when needed.

For those who have asked how they can help, there is a Go Fund Me page that has been set up for the family: https://www.gofundme.com/f/sgjhx-russo-family

In addition, the Nutley Public Affairs Department will be accepting gift cards that will be directly distributed to the family at their offices at 149 Chestnut St. For further information, please call their office at 973-284-4976.

Our collective sorrow is comforted by the outpouring of love demonstrated by our fellow citizens. Thank you.

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