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Bergen County Law Enforcement Partners on “Chief for a Day” Celebration Honors Children With Chronic Illnesses

On Friday, June 14, 2013, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office will partner with 24 local and county law enforcement agencies for the third annual countywide Chief for a Day celebration.

In partnership with local law enforcement and the communities of Bergen County, Chief for a Day is designed to brighten the lives of local children with chronic health conditions. The inspirational program provides children and their families with a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of law enforcement


“It is great to see our local law enforcement agencies coming out to participate in this rewarding event,” said Sheriff Michael Saudino. “As public servants, it is our duty to bring care to those who need it the most. I look forward to meeting our honorary Chiefs.”

All participating police departments will sponsor a child from their communities. This year’s Chiefs range in age from 6 to 15 years old and are being sponsored by the following agencies:

AGENCY NAME – HONORARY CHIEF’S NAME

Bergen County Sheriff's Office – Brian Tuch
Bergen County Prosecutor's Office – Justin Gerity
Bergenfield Police Department – Rivka Gitstein
Elmwood Park Police Department – Antonio Valenti
Emerson Police Department – Isabella & Brianna Romano
Englewood Cliffs Police Department – Michael Kontzamanis
Fairview Police Department – Sean Pelaez
Fort Lee Police Department – Albert Lopez
Garfield Police Department – Ahtziri E. Garcia
Hackensack Police Department – Rocco Malvasia & Giovanni DiPersia
Hasbrouck Heights Police Department – Marybeth Barrios
Maywood Police Department – Ava Borntrager
Montvale Police Department – Caitin & Jacquelyn Sulzer
North Arlington Police Department – Jeffrey Kim
Paramus Police Department – Alexander T. Guerriero
Park Ridge Police Department – Joseph Mahoney
Ridgewood Police Department – Michael Feeney
Rutherford Police Department – Jarett Sartori
Saddle Brook Police Department – Nick Santolla
Teaneck Police Department – Thomas Caruso, Jr.
Tenafly Police Department – Jonah Gold
Upper Saddle River Police Department – Dylan Wallace
Wallington Police Department – Bilal Ebrahim
Washington Township Police Department – Jacqueline Baez
Westwood Police Department – Stefano Benevento

On the morning of June 14, 2013, each child will receive his or her very own uniform before being sworn in as Chief for the Day. After touring their local police departments, children will ride in patrol cars to the Bergen County Justice Center, where they will participate in a group ceremony at 11:30 a.m.

At 12 p.m., a motorcade will leave the Justice Center en route to The Landmark Restaurant in East Rutherford, where the new chiefs and their families will end the day with lunch, special guest speakers and a variety of fun activities and entertainment.

At the end of the day, each child will receive a plaque commemorating his or her participation as 2013 Chief for a Day.

The 2013 Chief for a Day Celebration was sponsored by the following PBAs: PBA Local 134 of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office; Elmwood Park PBA Local 185; PBA Local 46 of Garfield; Montvale PBA Local 303; Paramus PBA 186; Ridgewood PBA Local 20; Teaneck PBA Local 215; Wallington PBA Local 321; and PBA Local 206 of Emerson, Haworth, Old Tappan, Oradell, Park Ridge, River Vale, Washington Township, Westwood and Woodcliff Lake. The event was also supported by the Landmark Restaurant, Trophy King, Co-Ed Uniforms, Harris Uniforms, Taylor Event Group, the New York International Auto Show, Kmart of Elmwood Park, the Woman’s Club of Garfield, Maywood Police Officer’s Association, Oak Ale House, Johnson Communications, A&P of Park Ridge, Dollar Store of Park Ridge, Saddle Brook VFW Post 3484, Joel Tobia of J&L Auto Glass and Toni Embroidery of Westwood.

For more information or a specific timeline of events on June 14, 2013, please contact the Community Outreach Unit of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office at 201-336-3540.

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