PATERSON, NJ- The bells of The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist rang out over a sea of blue on Tuesday as hundreds of police officers turned out for the Diocese of Paterson’s 19th annual Blue Mass.

Held to honor the lives of police officers lost in the line of duty, Tuesday’s service paid special tribute to Paterson Police Officer Tamby Yagan, 41, who was killed when his patrol car crashed into parked vehicles on Getty Avenue in 2018.

“It’s always important for us to honor officers that have lost their lives,” Paterson Police Chief told TAPinto Paterson previously. As importantly, he continued, “today is about remembering the families of those we lost, to let them know that they’ll never be forgotten.”

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While Most Reverend Arthur Serratelli, Bishop of Paterson, took time to recognize the diversity of “faiths and traditions” that packed into the cathedral, it was Father Michael Michael Parisi’s homily punctuating the commitment of law enforcement professionals to serve as servant leaders that defined the reason for the special mass.

Like St. Stephen, whom is recognized as the first martyr of Christianity, police officers, Father Drury said, are willing to put their lives on the line in efforts to protect and serve their communities.



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