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Woodland Park Police Members Saluted For Recent Responses

Mayor Keith Kazmark and the Borough Council saluted officers involved in the Feb. 23 TD Bank robbery in town. Credits: Tina Pappas
Mayor Keith Kazmark reads a proclamation saluting officers involved in the recent TD Bank robbery in town. Credits: Tina Pappas
Mayor Keith Kazmark and the Borough Council saluted officers and first responders involved in assisting the birth of a baby in a private residence in town. Credits: Tina Pappas

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Mayor Keith Kazmark honored several borough police department officers at the March 1 Borough Council meeting who took part in two very different recent police responses.

The first police response spotlighted was regarding a call for a woman who went into labor inside her residence, along with the attending emergency medical technicians.

"On Feb. 19, at 7:34 a.m., the police department received an ambulance request call for a woman who was in labor," Kamzark explained."Upon the arrival of Lt. Jeffrey O'Brien, Sgt. Michael Brady, Officer Robert Lepore, they found  Rene Paz had just given birth and was aided by her neighbor, Kyla Brand, who assisted her."

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Renee Paz gave birth to a girl, Kazmark added. Paz and the newborn were located in a small bathroom with no access. Officers removed the door to the bathroom to gain entry and provide medical attention to the newborn. Officers provided medical care until members of the West Paterson First Aid Squad (WPFAS) arrived on the scene separated both the mother and child and transported both safely to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center.

All three policemen were honored and granted certificates for performance in the line of duty, including Brand and WPFAS members Abraham Miller, Jr. and Ammar Ali.

"Your effectiveness is a shining example of the Woodland Park's Police Department's service to the community," Kazmark stated.

The second police response highlighted dealt with a call on the report of a bank robbery.

"On Feb. 23, at 9:52 a.m., officers responded to the TD Bank on McBride Ave. on the report of a bank robbery," he explained. "Sgt Thomas Bolen, Officer Len Schaefer and Officer Vic Hayek, arrived on the scene to receive suspect information, flight direction and dispatched to officers on the road."

Sgt. Erik Luker was on the road and a motor vehicle stop was conducted with the assistance of Officer Michael Boudaher.

"It determined after their investigation that this was indeed the person who committed the robbery at the bank," Kazmark added. "The suspect was then placed under arrest without incident."

Kazmark then honored and granted certificates for performance in the line of duty.

"I want to first say that without question as this was being told to me, this was a team effort and it took every officer who was at that shift to make sure that people had the appropriate information in order to make that arrest," he noted.

Kazmark also commended Galietti for enduring three attempted bank robberies as Police Chief since 2011 and having caught all three individuals involved in those incidents.    


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