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‘Rachel Morgan Day’ in River Vale

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot
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CLIFFVIEW PILOT HAD IT FIRST: River Vale Mayor Joseph Blundo made it official tonight during the Junior Police Academy graduation ceremony at the Estate at Florentine Gardens : A surprised and delighted Detective Rachel Morgan discovered that today had been named in her honor in her hometown.

Morgan, a Paramus officer who was shot last year during an encounter with a crazed gunman, held back tears as Blundo read the proclamation.

Recently promoted to detective, Morgan was the keynote speaker for the event, which attracted hundreds of youngsters, their parents and law enforcement officers ( For more on Morgan: SEE BELOW ).

Also on hand was the Paramus Police Department Honor Guard and the Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County.

River Vale has consistently had the largest number of academy members per capita in Bergen County — and often throughout the state — each year.

This year’s graduating class had 142 participants.

From a Dec. 5 session with the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department

The 7th- and 8th-graders learned about the operations of the River Vale Police Department but also about the criminal justice system in total during the 10-week program.

“Each session’s goal is to educate the students on the various facets of criminal law, procedure and enforcement,” said River Vale Detective Sgt. John DeVoe.

Classes were held at the Holdrum Middle School, but the recruits took several off-site trips to see how the criminal justice system works up-close.

Besides tours of River Vale’s police, fire & ambulance buildings, the recruits were taken to see the police and fire academies at the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute in Mahwah, among other sites.

Topics included computer crimes and the effects of alcohol abuse. Presentations also involved a K-9 unit and one by Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino’s department involving prisoners who spoke to the youngsters.

Running the program with its founder, DeVoe, are Officers Dino Dinelli, Valeri Guglielmotti, John Guglielmotti, Anthony Scimeca and Jared Arcidiacono.

The officers said they’ve enjoyed their participation, primarily because of the “highly motivated” type of young people their academy attracts. Experts from county, state and federal law enforcement agencies also participated.

Tonight’s ceremony was the culmination of all the work by the youngsters and their instructors.

(Click on headlines to read):

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

Friday, 16 December 2011 20:42 Jerry DeMarco

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 by a crazed gunman the night of last year’s Super Bowl.

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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