MOUNT ARLINGTON, NJ - Students and staff of Mount Arlington schools were among many who paid tribute to law enforcement - especially to the borough's injured officer, Mount Arlington Police Sgt. James Distasio, on Jan. 9.

To participate in National Law Enforcement Day, students designed and decorated a bulletin board, and many classes also welcomed visiting officers with special cards, treats and high fives, according to the Mount Arlington Parent Teacher Organization.

As a tribute to Distasio, who remains hospitalized due to serious injuries suffered Dec. 11, many students wore  #TeamJimmyD shirts to the event.

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Distasio was also on the minds of the Morris County Communications Center staff - the people who dispatch police, fire and ambulances. They posted on Facebook a photo displaying operators wearing their TeamJimmyD shirts.

Additionally, Distasio was mentioned Tuesday evening by the Roxbury Mayor and Council, which passed a resolution "imploring motorists to take note and abide by the "move over' law." The law says drivers should change lanes or slow down when approaching stopped emergency vehicles.

Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo mentioned DiStasio and the Team Jimmy fundraiser. "I think it's a very worthwhile project, and we also all wish Sgt. DiStasio all the best and Godspeed in his recovery," he said.

Authorities have been tightlipped about DiStasio's situation, refusing to reveal his condition and whether the motorist who struck him is facing any charges. 

"At this time I do not have a timeline for when the investigation will be completed," said Morris County Prosecutor's Office Spokesman Peter DiGennaro. "It is still an active investigation by our office. As for Sgt. DiStasio’s condition, our office cannot and does not comment on the health of any parties involved in cases here."

 

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