It's shaping up to be a pretty exciting two weeks for the Maneri family.
Last week, Anthony, a longtime Saddle Brook resident and police officer, earned a promotion to Sergeant after 19 years on the force. This week, his son, Steve, is one step closer to earning a roster spot with the Kansas City Chiefs. The 24-year-old converted offensive tackle who shed more than 40 pounds this offseason in an effort to transition to tight end, made the team's first roster cut Sunday. By Friday, Steve will know whether he's made the Chiefs' opening day roster as its third tight end.
Anthony, who moved to Saddle Brook with his wife, Susan, 26 years ago, has long been an active township volunteer who enjoys helping others. Before becoming a police officer, he served on the Saddle Brook Ambulance Corps and as a township youth baseball, basketball and football coach for his three sons.
Anthony's eldest son and namesake, Anthony, Jr., 26, owns the Atlantic City-based emergency medical transportation company, TriCare Medical Transportation; middle son Steven is in his third year out of Temple University, fighting for an NFL roster spot; and youngest son, Justin, 22, is a recent graduate of Lehigh University, where he played center for the school's basketball team that upset No. 2 seed Duke in the first round of the 2012 NCAA tournament.
For the past decade, Anthony has been an active member of the Saddle Brook police honor guard and is also in charge of the department's vehicle fleet maintenance.
"I look forward to a new phase in my career as a police Sergeant working with some of the best police officers in state of New Jersey," he said. "I want to thank Mayor Karen Chamberlain, and police chief Robert Kugler for this opportunity to further my career."