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Police officers who took tens of thousands of DWI drivers off NJ roads honored

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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.


Fort Lee Deputy Police Chief Timothy Ford, Officers Thomas Keelen, Carlos Cabrera, Richard Hernandez, Police Chief Keith Bendul

“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 ).

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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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