I had the honor of attending and speaking to the annual meeting of the NJ Police Honor Legion in Wood-Ridge this week.  Former president and law enforcement member James Kostopolis invited my colleague Jessica Nutt from Chasing News and myself to participate in the induction of 19 new members.

Law enforcement members can gain induction to the exclusive organization if the re engaged in a conflict with an armed suspect.  Sadly, some are inducted posthumously.  I was honored with a Citizen Awards for my work on #BlueFriday and continued advocacy on the air supporting law enforcement.  In the remarks introducing me, James also recognized Jessica for her work on Chasing News bringing #BlueFriday into living rooms across New York and New Jersey.

Take a moment to read the names and watch the presentation.  My remarks were geared toward the constant barrage from the media to highlight viral video's that only show a partial picture, almost always out of context making officers look bad.  My job on the air is to fill in the context of what happened before the video started rolling.  As long as I have a microphone, New Jersey Law Enforcement will have a friend in the media.

Congratulations to the following officers:

Destiny Escobales, Bergen County PO
Charade Collier, Bergen County PO
David Saldana, Bergen County PO
Charles Kilnger, Clifton PD
Nicholas Bayne Edison PD
Kyle Ust, Englewood Cliffs PD
Jake Rutkowski, Haledon PD
John Bonilla, Haledon PD
Christina Clavo, Haledon PD
Ameer Alateek, Jersey City, PD
Ryan Kernan, Kenilworth PD
Theodore Rohrs, NYPD
Gil Maynard, Paramus PD
Arthur Canestrino, Prospect Park PD
Jaward Hataf, Prospect Park PD
Javier Vega, Prospect Park PD
William Rausch, Prospect Park PD
Andrew Farelli, Ridgefield Park PD
Brandan Hogan, Ridgefield Park PD

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