GLEN ROCK, NJ - As a child growing up in Glen Rock, Adam Pyatak's dream was to be a police officer, maybe influenced by his now boss, Chief Dean Ackermann who first met the young man when he crossed him to school as a young officer himself.

Pyatak's dream came true and on March 13, the Glen Rock Borough Council recognized him for 20 years of service with the department.

"It's been an honor to work here," Pyatak said. "I want to thank everyone, the Chief and all who have helped me, including other motor officers from other towns."

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Chief Ackermann spoke about Pyatak's history with the department.

Pyatak was born and raised in Glen Rock where he has been a lifelong resident. He graduated from Glen Rock High School in 1993 and attended Bergen Community College.

"Wanting to give back to the community, he joined the former Glen Rock Auxiliary Police in 1993 as a volunteer and in 1996 was promoted to Auxiliary Police Sergeant," Ackermann said. 

On January 25, 1999 he was hired as a Police Officer and began basic training at the Bergen County Police Academy, graduating on May 26, 1999 and was assigned to the Glen Rock Police Department Patrol Division where he currently serves as the senior officer. 

"In 2012, Pyatak was the driving force behind the establishment of the Glen Rock Police Department Motor Unit where he literally built the department’s first motorcycle by completely refurbishing an old motorcycle which had been donated graciously by another community," Ackermann said. "Since the institution of the GRPD Motor Unit, Adam has served as the lead motor officer and patrols 12 months of the year in most weather conditions.

"He spends countless hours, mostly uncompensated at special events such as parades, funerals, dignitary visits, and motorcycle bike runs and as part of our Motor Unit," Ackermann said. "He provides proactive community policing providing a high police visibility in our neighborhoods and creating police involvement and interaction with local youth. He has remained active as one of the county’s leading motorcycle instructors and each year wins among the top honors in the Police Motor Officers Association Skills Competitions and Professional Standards."

During his career, Pyatak received numerous honors, "including a Meritorious Service Award for chasing down a robbery suspect, several valor awards for apprehending various suspects under difficult circumstances and is credited with three CPR saves and a Narcan save," Ackermann said.