UNION COUNTY — The county’s mounted police horse, Justice, will be retired after his last parade Monday, May 26, when Officer Frank Catena trailers him through Clark to honor fallen warriors on Memorial Day.
Justice, who began his 14 year career as a Union County Police officer at the age of four, is a chestnut, quarter-horse gelding, 16-hands tall and weighing 1,200 pounds.
After he was purchased at the Camelot auction, he was vetted for compatibility and turned over to the Union County Police for training as an equine officer.
During his career he participated in a search and rescue operation for a suicidal woman on the grounds of the Watchung Reservation, conducted patrol duty within the confines of the 2000-acre preserve with its 26 miles of trails, and provided a variety of public relations services.
Justice frequently appeared at schools, parades and other public events to inform and educate citizens about safety and law enforcement.
Justice was a regular visitor at Elizabeth’s School #20 annual career day, Rahway’s yearly Night Out Aganist Crime, along with parades in Union, Clark, Roselle Park and elsewhere.
He was a also fixture at the Union County “Take Your Children to Work” day as well as events at the Trailside Nature and Science Center, where he frequently provided security as well as public relations services.
For several years, Justice participated in American Revolutionary War re-enactments held each October during the Haunted Hay Ride season at Deserted Village.
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