February 18, 2022
SOUTH BRUNSWICK – JAMESBURG, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Police and firefighters in Middlesex County are morning the sudden loss of Lenny Hibbitts who served both South Brunswick Police Department and Jamesburg Fire Department.
Hibbits worked for South Brunswick Police Department for 36 years, and retired with the rank of lieutenant. He also rejoined the Police Department in 2017 as a Class III School Resource Officer. He also was part of a team of South Brunswick officers who responded to New York City immediately after the 9/11 attack.
Past Chief Lenny Hibbitts also served the Jamesburg Fire Department for 27 years entered the fire service in 1995, joined the department in 2000 and became Fire Chief in 2007. He was still a member of the Jamesburg Fire Department when he passed away.
South Brunswick Police Department:
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we mourn the sudden passing of our friend Officer Lenny Hibbitts. The 36-year law enforcement veteran rose through the ranks of the South Brunswick Police Department to become a lieutenant before he retired. He later rejoined the department in 2017 as a Class III school resource officer. In 2001 he had been part of a team of South Brunswick officers sent into New York City to help immediately after the 9/11 attack. In his over three-decade career, he worked in many aspects of the police department including patrol, emergency response team (ERT), evening shift supervisor, traffic bureau supervisor, and school resource officer (SRO). He was known as a quiet leader whose mere presence could calm a scene. His dedication to public service in policing was matched by his commitment to the fire service where he was a firefighter and fire chief in Jamesburg.
Chief Raymond Hayducka said, “Lenny loved being a police officer and serving our community. He was a gentle giant, quiet and resourceful. He knew everybody and everything going on.” The chief added, “If something was happening, Lenny was the person you looked to for information.”
South Brunswick Police ask everyone to keep Officer Hibbitts family and friends in their thoughts and prayers.
Jamesburg Fire Department:
It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of Ex-Chief Lenny Hibbitts. Lenny joined the fire service in 1995 and went on to serve for 27 years as an active firefighter. He joined our department in 2000 and became Chief in 2007. Lenny remained a member of our company until the day he passed. Along with Lenny’s fire service career, he was also police officer. He worked up through the ranks to Lieutenant of the South Brunswick Police Department where he retired after 35 years. While on the police force, he helped out in New York City after the 9/11 attacks. He later rejoined the department as a Class lll School Resource Officer in 2017. Lenny was a man who lived his life to serve. He will be sincerely missed. Until we meet again Lenny, we will take it from here Chief.