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‘Rock for a Reason’ to help wounded Paramus Officer Morgan

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

HOW YOU CAN HELP: A rocking fundraiser is set for next month for recently promoted Paramus Detective Rachel Morgan, who has undergone several surgeries — some of which aren’t covered by her benefits — since being shot last year by a crazed gunman.

“Rock for a Reason,” on Jan. 14 at Duke Ocean Grill in Tappan, will reunite the “roller-rink rock” band Spit-Roast Muppet and feature a guest appearance by the Police Pipes & Drums of Bergen County.

Each year, the RFAR executive board selects a worthy individual from the community who deserves recognition and has a need for special assistance.

As River Vale Sgt. John DeVoe, the founder of RFAR put it, the group spotlights “an ordinary person involved in an extraordinary circumstance – the sort of thing that inspires good in people everywhere to pitch in and lend a helping hand.”

This year, those involved said, it was easy to identify a worthy local hero — one who, like DeVoe, is from River Vale.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Jan. 14, 2002
WHERE: Duke Ocean Grill, 37 Route 303, Tappan, NY
HOW MUCH: $15 door donation

CHECKS TO: “PBA Local 186,” with “Rock For A Reason P.O. Morgan” on memo line
SEND TO: P.O. Box 911, Westwood, NJ 07675

Paramus Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local #186 immediately hopped on board and plans were quickly discussed and finalized for Morgan’s special night.

Morgan was shot an hour or so before midnight Feb. 6 by a fleeing suspect who crashed his car, fired at her several times, then turned the weapon on himself during a gunfight with her speedy backup, Paramus Officer Ryan Hayo.


Morgan was struck twice in the abdomen and once in the leg. It was touch-and-go at the start, but she fought through four separate surgeries the first three weeks, determined to not only survive physically and emotionally but to become a detective.

After months of delay, the Paramus Borough Council finally granted her wish, presenting her a detective’s shield last week.

She still has various surgeries left. “Rock for a Reason” hopes to lighten the load.

“By using rock and roll for a night of fun,” DeVoe said, “RFAR brings people together to transform a sad story into an extremely positive memory.”

NOTE: All proceeds will benefit Morgan’s continued recovery and support her mission to empower police officers to persevere through similar critical incidents .

Twitter: @RockForAReason

(Click on headlines to read) :

Wounded officer to speak to police academy grads

Monday, 19 December 2011 12:56 Jerry DeMarco

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Hometown heroine Paramus Detective Rachel Morgan, shot three times during an encounter with a crazed gunman last year, is the keynote speaker at tonight’s River Vale Junior Police Academy Commencement Ceremony.

Should newspaper get shooting video of Paramus Police Officer Rachel Morgan?

Saturday, 11 June 2011 02:38 Jerry DeMarco

EDITORIAL : Paramus Police Officer Rachel Morgan is outraged that the Bergen Record has asked a judge for the in-car videotape of a crazed gunman shooting her — and so are a rising tide of people who think the newspaper’s got some nerve.

Donation to Paramus police vest fund

Thursday, 12 May 2011 00:33 Jerry DeMarco

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST : Chris Riportella, President of the All American Corvette Club, made a donation on behalf of the organization to the Paramus P.B.A. Local 186 Vest Fund, which is used to purchase new vests for borough officers when they are hired or once their existing vests have reached their life expectancies.

Paramus police officers among those honored at moving memorial

Saturday, 07 May 2011 03:55 Jerry DeMarco

WITH VIDEO: Pardon Paramus Police Officer Rachel Morgan if she was somewhat overwhelmed by the enormity of the Stamford Police Department’s fifth annual memorial parade, as rows of motorcycles, pipe and drum corps from Bergen County and other areas and hundreds of police officers in formal dress descended on city headquarters following a march down Bedford Street.

Officers honored for bravery by The 200 Club of Bergen County

Friday, 06 May 2011 12:55 Jerry DeMarco

A car with two fleeing occupants had just knocked down Fair Lawn Police Officer Kenneth Cavanaugh when the driver accelerated straight for Sgt. Michael Messina. The car sent Messina flying, but not before he squeezed off two well-aimed shots into the hood. For their bravery, both officers were honored by the 200 Club this week.

Hail to Paramus Officer Rachel Morgan and Ryan Hayo — and to Bergen’s prosecutor

Thursday, 31 March 2011 17:42 Jerry DeMarco

EDITORIAL : Technically, he didn’t have to do it: Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli could have simply filed his report with the state Attorney General about the Feb. 6 chase and subsequent shootout that left Paramus Police Officer Rachel Morgan critically wounded and the suspect dead from deliberately shooting himself. But the prosecutor held a news conference today to laud Morgan and her backup, Officer Ryan Hayo, as heroes.

Officer Rachel Morgan, wounded by gunman, released from hospital

Thursday, 17 February 2011 23:12 Jerry DeMarco

Paramus Police Officer Rachel Morgan was released from the hospital today, following the announcement that police in River Vale police are holding a blood drive in her honor. Morgan, who was shot several times by a fleeing suspect Feb. 6, lives in town.

Paramus Police Officer Rachel Morgan publicly thanks friends, family — and her hero

Saturday, 12 February 2011 23:02 Jerry DeMarco

Are you ready for this? From her hospital bed, Paramus Police Officer Rachel Morgan sent a message to everyone praying for her recovery — and thanked her backup, Officer Ryan Hayo: “I may not have survived had u not gotten there so fast,” she wrote.

Wounded Paramus Police Officer Rachel Morgan tells her boss: ‘I’m coming back to work’

Friday, 11 February 2011 13:27 Jerry DeMarco

“Tell him I’m coming back to work,” Paramus Police Officer Rachel Morgan wrote to her boss, Acting Police Chief Christopher Brock. “Amazing,” Brock said of the 31-year-old officer, who is recovering from being shot twice by a fleeing suspect Sunday night.

Gunman who critically wounded Paramus police officer dies at hospital

Wednesday, 09 February 2011 15:15 Jerry DeMarco

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST : 3:25 p.m., Feb. 9: The man who shot Paramus Police Officer Rachel Morgan and then turned the gun on himself was declared dead at 3:02 p.m. today, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.

Gunman in Paramus firefight shot himself in suicide try, authorities confirm

Monday, 07 February 2011 17:07 Jerry DeMarco

ONLY ON CLIFFVIEW PILOT : Two law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the incident told CLIFFVIEW PILOT Monday that the trajectory of the bullet through Michael Sean Carmody’s chin clearly indicates he turned his own gun on himself after he was wounded in a shootout with police.

Paramus police officer critical but stable after shooting surgery

Monday, 07 February 2011 10:35 Jerry DeMarco

UPDATE : Paramus Police Officer Rachel Morgan is listed in critical but stable condition this morning after she was shot following a chase last night. The gunman, Michael Sean Carmody of Westwood, is reported in critical condition after being shot several times, including in the head.

Female Paramus police officer shot

Monday, 07 February 2011 00:25 Jerry DeMarco

UPDATE : Paramus Police Officer Rachel Morgan is listed in critical but stable condition this morning after she was shot following a chase last night. The gunman, Michael Sean Carmody of Westwood, is reported in critical condition after shooting himself in the head.

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