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Sashing of 2023 Pulaski Parade Grand Marshal Hon. Franciszek R. Piwowarczyk, New Jersey

January 06, 2023

Sashing of 2023 Pulaski Parade Grand Marshal Hon. Franciszek R. Piwowarczyk, New Jersey
Photo: Pulaski Day Parade

Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 7:00 PM. Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York.

You must R.S.V.P. in writing to attend. Should you have any questions, please contact either the 2023 Grand Marshal elect; Franciszek R. Piwowarczyk via e-mail at pulaskigm2023@gmail.com or President Richard D. Zawisny at (718) 499-0026 or via e-mail at pulaski_parade@verizon.net. There is very limited space available due to the attendance size constraints at the Consulate.

Detective Deputy Chief of Police, (Colonel) Franciszek R. Piwowarczyk, was born on July 30, 1975, in Poland. One of four children to Dorota & Franciszek Piwowarczyk. In 1992 the Piwowarczyk family immigrated to the United States of America, ultimately establishing their roots in the State of New Jersey.

As a young Polish immigrant, Chief Piwowarczyk was guided by the principles of hard work, discipline, and a determination to succeed. He prospered in various business ventures, including real estate investments and a Texaco franchise ownership. He ultimately decided to dedicate his life to civil service.

While studying criminal justice at the Essex County College, Chief Piwowarczyk attended the New Jersey Police Training Commission Police Academy in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. After graduating with honors, he joined the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, subsequently becoming a Police Officer with the Irvington Police Department.

With less than five years on the police force, he was elevated to the status of Police Detective, a title which he proudly holds to this day. He quickly rose through the ranks, and earned the title of Deputy Chief of Police, which is the highest position within Irvington Police Department.

Throughout his law enforcement career, Chief Piwowarczyk has served in various assignments, including patrol operations, street crimes, internal affairs, professional standards, training academy, and fleet management. He is also a certified police instructor who often plays a leading role in recruitment and training of future law enforcement officers. As a commanding officer, he led the criminal investigation bureau and to this day he is the officer in charge of the Office of Internal Affairs.

Chief Piwowarczyk has received several awards for his acts of heroism, bravery, and exceptional performance to public service. He is a member of several law enforcement organizations including; the New Jersey State Benevolent Police Association (PBA), Superior Officers Association (SOA), New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), International Police Association (IPA) United States Division, and the International Police Chiefs’ Association (IACP).

In 1996, Chief Piwowarczyk married Agata Nycz. They are the proud parents of two children, Kevin (25) and Adrianna (19). The Piwowarczyk family currently lives in Harmony Township, New Jersey. Both children graduated from St. Casimir Polish secondary school where they learned about their Polish traditions, language, and culture. In his personal life, Chief Piwowarczyk enjoys spending quality time with his family. He likes to travel, and as an FAA certified pilot, has a passion for civil aviation. The Piwowarczyk family are devoted Catholics and parishioners of St. Casimir Church in Newark, New Jersey, where the Chief volunteers his time and currently serves as the Chairman of the Parish Finance Council. In 2014, Chief Piwowarczyk was elected as the Newark Division Marshal of the Pulaski Parade, where he led the Newark contingent at the 77th Annual Pulaski Day Parade in New York City.

In 2015, Chief Piwowarczyk was appointed to Supervisory Committee of the Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union, the largest ethnic Credit Union in the United States. In 2018, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Credit Union where he served on the executive board as the treasurer and secretary. He is currently serving his second term.
In October 2022, The General Pulaski Memorial Parade Committee members nominated and elected Chief Piwowarczyk to be the 86th Grand Marshall of the Annual Pulaski Day Parade for year 2023.

In his life Chief Piwowarczyk has been guided by most cherished family values passed down through generation, which to this day accompany him in all personal and professional endeavors.