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Signatures needed to fight parole of Bergen Sheriff’s officer’s killer

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Photo Credit: New Jersey Department of Corrections
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HELP NEEDED: After learning from the widow of Bergen County Sheriff’s Officer Joseph Rybka that her husband’s killer is up for parole next Friday, law enforcement officers are pushing a petition campaign into overdrive. Help is needed.

On behalf of Patricia Rybka and her family, Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino and the sheriff’s office PBA Local #134 need to collect as many names as possible on petitions demanding that Stephen Perry stay behind bars for life.

“As time passes the impact of this killing diminishes to the public, interest fades and the Parole Board somehow takes this lack of interest as a sign that [Perry] is no longer a threat to society,” the unions said. “We must show the Parole Board that the murder of a husband, father, son and brother officer NEVER fades away.”

You can print out a copy of the petition BELOW , sign it and submit it. Get other signatures if you can.

The unions ask that as many petitions as possible be returned IMMEDIATELY (They may be able to submit petitions afterward, but there’s no guarantee the Parole Board will accept them). The April 5 hearing is exactly a week from today.

Rybka took with him the pride of those he served as he lay choked by his own blood on a hospital floor, gasping through his final breath, on Jan. 7, 1979.

All of 32 years old and already a 10-year veteran of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, he was a proud sentry who protected others from the horrors of crime.

Unions band together

But while guarding Perry at what was then known as Bergen Pines Hospital (now Bergen Regional Medical Center), Rybka was suddenly and viciously attacked.

Perry was at the hospital after being struck in a shootout with Teaneck police. After he asked to use the bathroom, Rybka unlocked his restraints.

In an instant, the vicious criminal bashed Rybka with his IV stand and snatched the officer’s gun, pistol-whipping him to the floor.

Rybka lay defenseless as Perry pointed and shot three times at close range, hitting Rybka in the leg, chest and heart.

Perry was later caught — still holding Rybka’s gun — and eventually was sentenced to life.

He was denied parole in 2009, but now he’s up again.

Patricia Rybka is no ordinary survivor. She has campaigned not only to keep her husband’s killer behind bars but has obtained bulletproof vests for officers in New Jersey and met with groups of police widows, among other contributions.

Joseph Rybka was inducted into the New Jersey Police Honor Legion, based in Little Ferry, in 2010. Patricia took the oath of office in his name.

For the second time in four years, she must again go before the Parole Board.

Perry is at New Jersey State Prison (formerly Trenton State Prison) COURTESY: New Jersey Department of Corrections

BELOW: Petition opposing parole for Bergen County Sheriff’s officer’s killer

It can be returned to:

The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office
10 Main Street Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 527-3000

Or to:

Rybka Petition
P.O. Box 224
Elmwood Park, N.J. 07407

Requirements :
Must be 18 years of age
Sign the Petition only once

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