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Bergen ‘Chief for a Day’ event brings smiles to chronically ill kids

Photo Credit: ABOVE: Michael Kontzamanis, with Englewood Cliffs Police Chief Michael Cioffi
Photo Credit: ABOVE: Michael Kontzamanis, with Englewood Cliffs Police Chief Michael Cioffi

YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST: “He’s one of the night crew,” Hackensack Police Director Michael Mordaga said as he held a sleeping young Giovanni DiPersia in his arms on the steps of the Bergen County Courthouse as part of today’s annual “Chief for a Day” event coordinated by county Sheriff Michael Saudino.

This morning, each of the young chiefs received a uniform and was escorted by a patrol car to his or her local police headquarters for a swearing in, followed by a tour. A squad-car ride to the courthouse for a group ceremony followed.

Then came a motorcade to The Landmark Restaurant in East Rutherford, where the new chiefs and their families had lunch, followed by special guest speakers and a variety of activities and entertainment.  Plaques were to be awarded to each.

“As public servants, it is our duty to bring care to those who need it the most,” Saudino said.

PHOTO, ABOVE: Michael Kontzamanis, with Englewood Cliffs Police Chief Michael Cioffi (Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter)

CHECK BACK FOR MORE ON TODAY’S EVENT

Photos:
Giovanni DiPersia with Hackensack Police Director Michael Mordaga
Nick Santolla with Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler
Michael Feeney with Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward
LEFT: Sean Pelaez, with Fairview Police Chief Frank DelVecchio
RIGHT: Thomas Caruso Jr., with Teaneck Police Chief Robert Wilson

Brian Tuch, with Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino & NY Giants center Jim Cordle

“Chief for a Day” was sponsored by: 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.

It 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.

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