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Ridgewood, Glen Rock police officers receive Combat Cross


Ridgewood, Glen Rock police officers receive Combat Cross

December 24, 2014    Last updated: Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 10:51 AM
The Ridgewood News

Four Ridgewood police officers and one from Glen Rock received the Combat Cross valor award from their police chiefs at the Dec. 16 Village Council meeting

The officers – Ridgewood Sgt. Brian Pullman, Detective Peter Youngberg, Officer Rosario Vaccarella and Officer Raymond Tarino and Glen Rock Officer Murray Yang – were honored for their effective response while facing imminent threats to their life.

On Nov. 18, a disturbance call in Ridgewood became scary when a man in need of psychiatric help pulled a knife and attacked the officers, Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward said at the meeting.

“Our officers – with their quick reactions, their excellent training and their cooperative skills – subdued this party without injury to him and clearly in a situation where they would have been justified in using deadly force,” Ward said. “Their actions, their character are examples of the highest standards of law enforcement.

“They’re a testament to the caliber of our officers, the training they receive, and it underscores the dangers that these officers experience,” Ward said.

4 thoughts on “Ridgewood, Glen Rock police officers receive Combat Cross

  1. They showed tremendous restraint.
    They had every right to use deadly force.
    Good job.

  2. In another other municipality, he’d be dead on the floor.

  3. Yes and the riots and marches would follow.

  4. God bless our policemen, firemen, and EMT’s. They are so brave and do such a great job. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude for our continued safety.

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