SHOUT OUTS: Three Fort Lee police officers who collectively made more than 100 DWI arrests last year were among hundreds of law enforcers honored last week by Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s New Jersey chapter.
Among those touted was the officer who made the most DWI arrests last year in Bergen County — and the fourth-most in the entire state: Harrington Park’s Antimo Costagliola, with 53.
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“These law enforcement officers are the ones truly making a difference in our quest to stop the impaired drivers from causing unnecessary death on our streets, roads and highways,” MADD New Jersey Chairman Maria Esteves told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
Of those honored by the organization — and loved ones of those killed by drunk drivers — 93 were from 52 departments in Bergen County, including the Port Authority police.
“We were so pleased with the turnout,” Esteves said. “It gives us a chance to say thanks.”
Fort Lee Police Officer was recognized for a third straight year and Officer Tom Keelen for the second.
“These officers remain a potent force in the battle against impaired driving,” Police Chief Keith Bendul said after the ceremony at Middlesex County College in Edison. “Their work has made Fort Lee a safer place.”
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All of the officers honored at the Law Enforcement Recognition program received a plaque and a uniform citation bar for their “lifesaving work” combating drunk driving. They also got T-shirts from NJ MADD, which advocates for strict DWI laws.
The 2013 DWI arrest leaders in New Jersey: Stratford Borough Officer Steven Schmidt (Camden County), with 104, and Toms River Officer Robert Westfall (Ocean County), with 102 ( SCROLL DOWN for BERGEN list ).
Alpine Borough Police PO Briam Prunk / PO Arthur White
Bergenfield Police PO David Tortora
Carlstadt Police PO Jason Colombo
Cliffside Park Police PO Daniel Murtagh / PO Yakup Zoklu
Closter Police PO Christopher Barbieri / PO Joseph Baldomero III
Dumont Police PO Steven Quintano
East Rutherford Police Department PO Robert Applegate / PO Matthew Bucceri
Elmwood Park Borough Police PO Thomas Giammanco / PO Michael Prelich
Emerson Borough Police Sgt. Stephen Clark
Englewood City Police PO Charles Silva
Englewood Cliffs Police Sgt. Ronald Waldt
Fair Lawn Police PO Brian Rypkema / PO Ian Manelis / PO Robert Manning / PO Steven Buskiewicz / PO Ken Cavanagh
Fairview Police PO Raphael Guastella
Fort Lee Police PO Richard Hernandez / PO Carlos Cabrera / PO Thomas Keelen
Frankin Lakes Police PO Will Zangara
Garfield City Police Department PO Gerald Wich
PO William Houck
Glen Rock Police PO Greg Carter / PO Mike Trover / PO Bryan Scott
Harrington Park Police PO Antimo Costagliola
Hasbrouck Heights Police PO Bradley Dussault
Hillsdale Borough Police PO Alex Kaplan / PO Ryan Norton
Leonia Police Sgt. Christopher Garris / PO Frank Rocco / PO Sihoon Chung
Mahwah Township Police PO David Vega / PO Ryan Hill / PO Timothy Letavish
Maywood Police PO Darryl Wuhrl / PO Erik Aronson
Midland Park Police PO Christopher Birch
Montvale Police PO Herminio Amado / PO Andrew Fedick / PO Christopher Hawken / PO Brian Lamendola
Moonachie Police PO Vito DeTrizio
New Milford Police PO Byan Mone / PO Brian Carlino / PO Frank Haggerty / PO Michael Lafrano / PO Renzo Trapani
North Arlington Police PO Thomas Farrell
Northvale Police Department PO Robert Devore
Norwood Police PO Michael Getto
Oakland Borough Police PO Keith Docwra
Oradell Police PO Jeff Peters
Palisades Park Police PO Christopher Scilingo
Paramus Police PO Joseph Cullen
Park Ridge Police PO Sabastian Szot / PO Dan Hoffmann / PO Christopher Puglis
Port Authority Police PO Edwin Berdecia
Ramsey Police PO James S. Peterson
Ridgefield Park Police PO Dale Madan / PO Bradley Gilmore
Ridgefield Police PO Brandon Hogan / PO Paul Svorec / PO Dan Fugnitti
Ridgewood Police Sgt. John Chuck / PO Anthony Mormino
River Edge Police PO Dennis Griffith / PO Vincent Ariano
River Vale Police Sgt. Christopher Bulger
Rutherford Police PO Craig Capoano
South Hackensack Police PO Justin Zanca
Teaneck Police PO Constantinos Stoufas / PO Kester Osaigbovo / PO Craig Luebeck
Tenafly Police PO Louis Smaragdakis
Upper Saddle River Police PO Colin Gurney
Waldwick Police PO Brian Finale / PO Christopher Goodell
Wallington Police PO Ronald Goral
Washington Township Police PO Steven Riedel
Westwood Police PO Mark Foley / PO Michael Fortunat
Wyckoff Township Police PO Kyle Ferreira
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