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Paramus Detective Morgan, Officer Hayo receive TOP COPS awards

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Paramus Police Detective Rachel Morgan and Officer Ryan Hayo have been named 2012 recipients of the prestigious TOP COPS Award given by The National Association of Police Organizations.

A fleeing suspect crashed his car and then shot Morgan when she rushed to help him the night of Feb. 6, 2011. Hayo came to her aid, fending off the crazed gunman in a firefight before the shooter turned the gun on himself.

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 – and a role model.

She got her shield in December and returned to the department in January, even though she has various surgeries and procedures left.

Paramus’ finest: Detective Rachel Morgan, Officer Ryan Hayo

The NAPO chose the case from hundreds of heroic incidents across the nation.

Founded 35 years ago, the NAPO is a coalition of unions and associations from across the nation that works to produce laws that protect the interests of law enforcement and correctional officers – from federal funding of crime-fighting programs to reforms of employee health and pension benefits.

It claims a membership of more than 2,000 police unions and associations, 236,000 sworn law enforcement officers, 11,000 retired officers and more than 100,000 citizens dedicated to “fair and effective crime control and law enforcement.”

It “maintains a Washington office to monitor legislative and administrative developments and provides information to NAPO membership on a timely basis so that it can respond from the grassroots level,” has raised more than $1 million for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., and is a major sponsor of the Concerns of Police Survivors national group.

The TOP COPS ceremonies have included, among others, presidents, comedian/actor Richard Belzer, John Walsh (the host of “America’s Most Wanted”) and other officials and celebrities.

The Nineteenth Annual TOP COPS Awards ceremony, held during National Police Week, is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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‘Rock for a Reason’ concert honoring Paramus Detective Morgan

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 22:19 Jerry DeMarco

REMINDER: A rocking fundraiser for Paramus Detective Rachel Morgan, who continues to undergo procedures after being shot last year, starts at 8 tonight.

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.

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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