WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- The Borough of Wood-Ridge Council and Mayor Paul Sarlo honored a retiring member of the Wood-Ridge Auxiliary Police Department and swore in its newest member at Wednesday night's meeting in Council Chambers.
Manny Carcano was honored for 30 years of service with a proclamation read by Mayor Sarlo to the assembled Wood-Ridge Police Department members, and residents in attendance. Born in Brooklyn, Carcano is also a Air Force veteran. He began his position in January 1989. He and his wife, Randee, lived in Wood-Ridge for 12 years.
Sarlo noted that the Carcanos are "busy packing their home for a move to sunny Las Vegas" and that "his tenure was well spent. Thank you for 30 years of service to our community."
Wood-Ridge Police Chief John Korin also presented Carcano with a plaque and his wallet badge, and thanked him "for all the years that you served. You've been a great asset to everyone here." He noted some of his assignments including Halloween, mischief night, and all the storms.
"I'm very appreciative of the presentation," said Carcano. "I'm very humbled. The 30 years that I've spent here, I don't know where they went."
He explained that he moved to Wood-Ridge when his two children were younger.
"They grew up here, they had a wonderful education here. They're wonderful adults now thanks for having had an opportunity to live in such a wonderful community," he said.
"Wood-Ridge is a wonderful place to live in. It's beautiful. It's kept clean and pristine. And I only hope that these gentlemen continue to do a wonderful job. God bless them. God bless this community."
Afterwards, Oscar Sabillon was announced as the newest member of the Wood-Ridge Auxiliary Police Department after being unanimously approved by the Council. Sabillon graduated the Bergen County Police Auxiliary Course on Monday, according Chief Korin, who also noted he was bilingual and would help out with any Spanish interpretations that would be needed. Sabillon's sister Debbie held the Bible during his swearing in. He was also presented with his official wallet badge.
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