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FC: THE HISTORY OF THE HILLSDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT | Volume 1 | Compiled by Sean Smith | 1898-1979

1: This book is dedicated to the men and women who have served the Hillsdale Police Department honorably in any capacity. | ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This book would have never seen the light of day without the help, encouragement and endorsement of the Hillsdale Police Department and the following people: | Credits Capt. Lou Amorati Jane Balling Jack "The Bear" Bauer Joan Scott Brink Keren Cinzio Liz Collier George DeRosa John Faivre David Franz George Fusco Pete Hard Paul Harder Bob Hanna Harvey Heller Chris Horst George Jepson Jane Koelsch Dave Kramer Ed & Steve LaFrance Laura Leonard Vincent McCarthy & Family Bob Mele Jr. Maria Mele Francesca Moscowitz Frank Mikulski & Nancy Evelyn Mills John Poliey Anthony Salimone Leigh Schmidt & Family Bob Schramm Jr. Ronald Schramm Howard Stoeckel Chief Chip Stalter Neil Stewart Jr. Phil Varisco Jim Tobin Fred Winkler | Special Thanks to the following people and organizations for their time and contributions which were used in this book: Hillsdale Volunteer Fire Department, Hillsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Hillsdale Public Library, The Hillsdale Police Archives. A VERY SPECIAL thanks to Bill Becker who spent countless hours scanning 4x5 negatives from our archives. If not for Mr. Becker, this project would have been too expensive to produce. Also to Paul Gottfried at the Printing Factory in Westwood, who was kind enough to lend his services and support to this project. | 1

2: FOREWARD Sergeant Sean Smith, December 2012 | I guess the obvious question would be: What was my inspiration for tackling this project? In Autumn 2011, I had just completed a similar family project that I had constructed with the help of the Internet. I was very impressed by what I could create from home with the latest technology. It was around that same time, a friend of mine who is also a police officer was telling me about some young officers in his department that were tasked with the chore of cleaning out their department's attic. These young officers ended up throwing away precious archival photos from as early as the 1920's, which depicted policemen raiding bootleggers and other turn-of-the century historical crimes. To them, it wasn't worth keeping around these dusty old images and these artifacts were put out to pasture in the dumpster. Fortunately, my friend was able to rescue what was thrown out before they were forever purged from history . When he shared these with me, I recalled that the Hillsdale Police Department had boxes of 4x5 black-and-white negatives that were left in a room that once served as the agency's photography lab, a lab that was in operation long well before eight-megapixel digital cell phone cameras, and desktop laser printers were the norm. That was the moment when the seed was planted. It was then I decided to put together what you now hold in your hands. I excitedly approached my Chief, Chief Chip Stalter and told him I had an idea to put a history of the police department together. He gave me his blessing and what follows are the fruits of my labor. It turned out that the boxes of negatives were an absolute treasure trove full of old personnel photos, crime scene images, evidence shots, pictures of department equipment, and everything in between. The Hillsdale Police retained just about every image from 1955 through the mid 1980's. This alone was fascinating because the town purchased their first camera for the department in 1952. Yet, I had stumbled upon a timeline of the police department told through imagery. Once I collected the relevant negatives, I approached Bill Becker, a Hillsdale resident and former business owner of "Hillsdale Camera". He kindly agreed to scan them digitally. Most of the images that appear in this book were, in fact, scanned by Mr. Becker. | 2 | From there, the ball kept rolling...I contacted all the retired members of the police department requesting whatever material they may have accumulated themselves over their vast years of service. I even contacted deceased members' families with the same request. To my delight and surprise, this strategy yielded wonderful results. Material came in from practically all over the country, as many of the retired members had since relocated. It turned out we had some collectors. Most of the material contained came from the collections of: The Hillsdale Library; the estate of former Chief Henry Koelsch; and former police officers: Gerald Schmidt; Jack Bauer; and Vincent McCarthy. Tracking down all this material was the hardest part of this project. I found myself in odd circumstances , like prying open the stubborn trunk of Jack Bauer's car--with permission of course- where he kept his private scrapbook full of interesting police history. I often times fished around, doing old fashioned detective work via not so old-fashioned methods such as search engines and social media networking websites to track down people, old photos, or explanations of infamous town news that spanned decades. Once I had gathered the material, I embarked upon the tedious process of laying it out chronologically. For the better part of a year, I pieced it together until the project started to come to life. It became apparent to me that this was actually a story of the growth of a small town through the eyes of it's police department. In the end, this history fills 400 pages of intriguing photos and interesting facts of life in Hillsdale through the years. I realize 400 pages may sound extreme at first glance but you will soon see that it was hard to edit out anything. It all told such a great story. I truly hope you enjoy this journey of our local history through these photographs and stories surrounding the Hillsdale Police Department. So back to my not-so-obvious question, "What was my inspiration for tackling this project"? My hope is to inspire others to take on similar projects and share their great history with the rest of us!

3: As I prepare to leave this town, I'd like to share some fond memories of the people and events that have enriched the lives of senior Hillsdale citizens who have called "Hillsdale" their home since World War II. We no longer count the number of outstanding events or lovable characters we may with pride refer to town heroes. I thank God for these people who have made my long stay in Hillsdale memorable. I remember Willie Knight, his badge, whistle and his nightstick; our three-man road department led by Bill Diefenbach with Fred Markle and Fred Raute. A horse drawn snowplow cleared our sidewalks. I remember John Kinmouth the Tax Assessor and Garret Storms the Tax Collector. Swimming in the Pascack Brook, diving off the Fairview Avenue Bridge. Picnics at Koenig's Hofbrau with Herman Kohler-A summer hayride to Closter Cider Mill on Henry Clendenny's horse drawn wagon. "Gassing up" at George Jepson's and Snooky's Shell Station-Mayor Greenin and the Fusion Party, American Legion baseball on Sundays. I remember the first T.V. set at Lou and Oscar Bartalot's. Shrimp Scianimanico walking the white traffic lines: Fireworks on July 4th at Memorial Field. Rose Newman and Judge McIntyre's Library. Bill Bartz ,the Erie Railroad Station Master and Charles Smith. Al Bartz; Jim Zimmerman; John Olley & sons and the Newkirk brothers. I remember Fred Winkler selling Christmas trees; Carmel Canzoneri selling poppies; Bill Gensheimer's Hardware store and his sister Lucy Smith's Dry Good Store. Doc Nielsen the Druggist, Principal George White & Blanche Smith, Al Tiedemann and his taxis and the Ferrari brothers. Buschbaums Cesspool Service, John Hains and John Snow Postmasters, 3 cent stamps and two mail deliveries daily. The welcome home party for WW2 veterans. Roller skating at the George White School. My favorite barristers Walter McIntyre, Bentley, Davidson and Harry Randall-A landmark, Walter Frantin's Deli, Harvey Hering, Charlie Hilderbrand, and Chuck Tatem, Councilmen & Mayor. The Hillsdale Legion basketball team beating the Westwood Legion team led by famous Pep Saul and his brothers. Caesar Betti, Merusi's and Tess and Myrt's Montrose Inn; Cyrus & Frank Mead, Gus Bachman, and Ackerman Concrete of Piermont Avenue. Herman Bohlke, the Rural Carrier, J. Edward Lohman the Real Estate Broker. Our kids attending Park Ridge and Westwood High Schools-prior to Bill Jassel's Pascack Valley Regional-Maury Heayn, a great Guidance Counselor; Steve Guild and Sam Lieberman the local newsmen-George Bosch and his ice cream fountain-Pop Durie and Studebaker autos-Blanche Smith and her school, Florence Walker the teacher-W. Merle Hoffman, Berny Caffrey and George Lillburn of the Hillsdale National Bank. The Marsalas and their Meat Market and their Hardware Store-Bookin's Candy Store-Emil Eilhart, the Baker-The walks to the Westwood movie theater-Shopping in Hackensack, the hub of Bergen County before Paramus. The Orfinis, The Rawsons,the Bergholtzs, the Keenans, Donkey baseball games-Ted Haubner, the Poormaster-Arigot's and Charlie Franzen's Esso Gas Stations-John Kuhn and Ben Westphal the Surveryors-Charlie Westphal, the school custodian. Swimming at the Pascack Pool-Chick Tatem and Jack Dowd, two of many fine Mayors-Rudy Appeld, my favorite Volunteer-Mac Mc. Devitt the Firehouse guardian and Westwood Postal Clerk-Sarge Assman and the Legion Rifle Squad-Marin Berger-the shoe repairman-Herman Weiss and his sons-Alex and Charlie-Paul Ackerman and his concrete plant-Louise Meyer the Democratic County Committeewoman-Lil Unger the lady Postal Clerk-George and Larry Clark the printer. Doctors Gerald Dolan and Louis Sosnow delivering babies at distant hospitals-Milt Zabriskie and the Hillsdale Business Assn.-Christmas Carols being sung in Plaza Park-Jack Rasmussen of Letter Service Co., Lou Pinke, Moe Eichenblatt and George Lipson holding up the beat on Broadway and Park-Chuck Beuerlein and his love for flowers and baseball. Those were the days my friends. | HILLSDALE: THE TOWN I REMEMBER By, Cal Piper (former Postmaster) 1989 | 3

4: Lawrence Foley 1928-1930 | William Bulach Jr. 1930-1937 | Chief's of Police | Since 1928 | HILLSDALE | Philip J. Varisco 1969-1987 | Ronald Schramm 1987-1994 | 4

5: Henry P. Koelsch 1937-1945 | R. Frank Stoeckel 1945-1968 (only regular officer on the force at time) | Frank A. Mikulski 1994-2006 | Chip Stalter 2006- | 5

6: Gerald Schmidt 3/27/46-1/1/72 | George E. Scott 11/16/47-8/8/61 | Jack A.Bauer 7/7/51-7/7/76 | Anthony Salimone Jr. 10/1/54-8/14/64 | Joseph A. Perotta 7/12/55-6/59 | Dwight S. Fiedler 1/8/57-2/1/64 | Police | 6

7: Personnel | Philip Varisco 7/1/56-5/31/87 | Vincent McCarthy 7/14/59-6/30/85 | Robert Schramm 9/23/57-6/30/83 | Neil Stewart 9/23/57-10/1/84 | John B. Heins 4/1/59-4/30/60 | Charles Gordon 9/1/60-4/1/65 | 7

8: Gary Hughes 5/15/61-1/23/70 | Ronald Schramm 9/5/61-3/31/94 | Peter Bauer 10/16/61-1/1/67 | Herman Taege Jr. 11/13/62-12/15/63 | George Ellin 12/11/63-6/15/67 | Joseph Cannon 5/15/61-1/29/63 | 8

9: Frank A.Mikulski 12/24/63-7/6/06 | Mark Reisen 3/1/64-6/21/72 | William Hillgardner 8/17/64-12/4/65 | Robert McIntyre 3/24/65-8/18/67 | Raymond Wurst 3/24/65-9/24/71 | Robert Francaviglia 3/24/65-1/31/92 | 9

10: David Kramer 3/24/65-7/1/94 | Bernie Nadel 2/18/67-3/10/67 | Barry Dyke 3/24/65-7/17/65 | Dave Vannoy 8/1/65-4/9/74 | Thomas Moran 3/11/67-9/16/67 | Jeremiah Duggan 3/11/67-6/15/67 | 10

11: Edward Lafrance 6/28/67-6/28/92 | William Billera 9/15/67-3/31/72 | Fred Henn 9/15/67-9/8/72 | John Poliey 11/14/67-7/20/80 | Floyd Kehr 1/13/69-7/17/96 | Robert Mele 3/16/69-1/31/97 | 11

12: Joseph Buschbaum 3/10/69-9/7/70 | John Ditches 4/20/70-6/1977 | Richard Densberger 4/20/70-4/30/95 | Walter Tholen 2/1/71-7/7/78 | Donald Reiman 4/12/71-1/31/93 | Robert Buesser 12/31/71-8/31/97 | 12

13: James Tobin 2/28/72-3/10/79 | William Johnson 5/29/72-12/8/81 | Richard Deming 5/29/72-5/31/97 | Fabio Parente 8/28/72-7/31/03 | William Lutz 5/29/74-6/7/77 | Peter Hard 6/27/77-4/30/97 | 13

14: Peter Leighton | Paul Harder | Brian Collier 3/22/79-10/1/83 | 6/27/77-6/30/02 | 7/10/78-7/31/03 | On March 2, 1923, according to Chapter 27, Laws of 1923, an act incorporating the Borough of Hillsdale as "a body Politie" in fact and in law, was passed by the State Legislature and adopted by the vote of the citizens of the Township on April 24, 1923. The first Mayor and Council were elected on Nov. 12, 1923 and took office the same day. | 14

15: Henry J. Werner 1923-1925 | Edmund L. Greenin 1926-27 1946-47 | George M. Yates 1928-1929 | Wm.Livengood 1930-1931 | John Hansen 1932-1939 | James A. Tatem 1948-1953 | Frank E. Hafemann 1940-1945 | Adam Pech 1953 | Walter L. Drill 1954-1955 | John F. Dowd 1956-1957 | Lester E. Bremer 1958-1963 | Harold D. McAneny 1964-1965 | John J. Dumphy 1970-1971 | Richard H. Englander 1972-1975 | Thomas Misciagna 1976-1979 | Gilbert E. Busch 1966-1969 | MAYORS of HILLSDALE | 1923-1979 | 15

16: SUPPORT | Bernard Dorfman | Aloysius Carney | Susan Hayn 1977-1997 | Shirley Kovar 1970-1977 | Wilbert Roell 1962-1969 | Robert Bentley | Recorder | Judge | Dept. Chaplain | Police Clerks | PERSONELL | 16

17: What probably was the forerunner of School Crossing Guards was a letter of Dec. 4, 1922 from the Board of Education asking for police protection at Broadway and Hillsdale Avenue for children going to and from the Hillsdale School (George White School) and a subsequent letter of Jan. 24, 1928 now asking for police protection on Magnolia Avenue in the vicinity of the school during school hours. In line with latest request, then Chief of Police Henry Koelsch, organized the school Safety Patrol (school children) to assist in getting the children across streets while standing on the corners in safe territory in the vicinity of the school. As a reward, Chief Koelsch arranged for and took the entire "patrol" to Washington, D.C. On September 8, 1931, we note the Police Department has placed a special policeman at the corner of Washington Avenue. and Kinderkamack Road. to direct traffic during school hours and was paid $2.50 per day for the service. On December 12, 1950, a group of mothers presented themselves at a council meeting and petitioned the Police Department to deputize them so "they might do traffic duty on Kinderkamack Road. and at various other crossing to get their children safely across on their way to school". This culminated in the large force of School Crossing Guards necessary to protect our young ones on their way to school each day. In 1952, we note a petition from still another group of mothers asking that definite steps to be taken to provide full time police officer be stationed at the Police Booth during school hours, and later another petition that a police officer be stationed at this booth on Sunday mornings to protect their children going back and forth to Sunday School. In line with later response, this function was assigned to the Auxiliary Police Department; which had it's inception in 1942 and has since amplified the regular Police Department activity. In connection with the consideration given school children on foot, in 1949 we note a letter from the Board of Education requesting the Police Department to prevent the driving public from passing a school bus when loading or unloading children. This problem developed into a statewide, as well as nationwide, one and stringent laws were passed and enforced. | SCHOOL CROSSING GUARDS-AUXILIARY POLICE | 17

18: April 21, 1898 | June 4, 1900 | May 6, 1901 | Background: Broadway & Hillsdale Ave. Early 1900's | Borough Minutes | William Banta | 1902- First macadam laid on Summit and Railroad Avenue (now Broadway) | March 25, 1898 Hillsdale incorporated as Township after State Legislature enables break-away from Washington Township. | 18

19: On April 17 1917, a "Hillsdale Loyal League" was formed and duly recognized by the Township Committee and the 53 members, led by their "Chief" H.I. Knickerbocker, were sworn in as "Special Police", and before the end of the year 20 more members were added. In January, 1918, this group assumed the name "Home Guards" as the result of Special Election held on July 5th, 1918. The request for ammunition and bayonets was denied and the rifles were disposed of the following year when the unit disbanded. | HILLSDALE HOME GUARD-WORLD WAR 1 | 19

20: aw and order in the Township before February 4, 1908 was maintained by the constables elected annually. On May 6, 1901, the Township Clerk was authorized to purchase a pair of handcuffs for the Constable and again June 2, 1902-the clerk was authorized to purchase a second pair. On June 4, 1900, an ordinance "prohibiting bicycle riding on the paths upon the roadside" was adopted. On May 5, 1902, the speed limit was set at "Eight miles per hour through the Township for motorcycles, autos and bicycles" and we note, on July 2, 1906, the Constables (we had two of them then) were ordered to enforce the ordinances of the Township and the laws of the State. On February 4, 1908, Messrs. A.W. Rawson and Christian Dies were appointed "Special Officers" to assist the Constables; they served until July 1913. On May 2, 1911, a Township resolution offered a Reward of $50 "for the arrest and conviction of any burglar or highwayman caught in the Township" and 100 posters were printed and distributed. Another resolution was adopted November 6, 1911, offering a reward of $25 to be paid any officer "for the arrest and conviction of any person committing a nuisance upon the public grounds or buildings of the Township or upon the property of any private individual of the Township." Again, on April 22, 1915, a special meeting of the Township Committee and citizens resulted in a resolution: offering a reward of $50 for the arrest and conviction of party or parties who have burglarized several homes in the Township. " Further, on April 5, 1916 a Township resolution offered "a reward of $100 for the arrest and conviction or information leading to the arrest and conviction of the party or parties who have burglarized several homes in Hillsdale Township." On September 10, 1912, the Bergen County Detective Association (later changed their name to "The New Jersey Rangers Detective Association") came into being and did police work until the last recording as of June 6, 1921. This Association maintained its headquarters on Summit Avenue (now Broadway) Hillsdale, N.J., and consisted at one time of twenty persons (known as "Pursuers" in their contract with the Township.) Albert W. Rawson was Agent, and Alpheus E. Rawson, Robert Y. Hitt, Christian Dies and Harold M. Dean, were trustees-all were of Hillsdale. Records indicate some of the police work performed by this organization; such as, February 2, 1916 "one police officer of The New Jersey Rangers Detective Association is appointed for one week or longer if necessary and remuneration is not to exceed $2.00 per night". Another, August 2, 1916 "two police officers of the N.J.R.D.A. are appointed for an indefinite period to take turns watching incoming trains, looking for questionable characters." They served one month. | L | THE History of the Hillsdale Police Department | _________________ | 20

21: Alpheus Rawson circa mid 1920s | Albert Rawson with dark hat pointing club taken during a strike 1920s | JUSTICE OF THE PEACE | (resigned: 9/30/28) | 21

22: C.E. McCleary Leads a Parade in 1913, followed by T.I. Haubner's Drum Corps and Fire Department | McCleary's Butcher Shop | The first "Uniformed Special Officer" in the Township was Charles E. McCleary, who was appointed on July 7, 1913 at the grand remuneration of $5 per week. He served until the summer of 1915, after which various citizens were appointed from time to time until 1921 to act as "Special Police Officers". (In addition to this chore, McCleary was the Fire Chief in 1913). He owned and operated his butcher shop on the corner of Park Avenue. & Broadway. | In May 1917, John G. Ackerman was appointed the first "Recorder" (Judge) for the term of three years and received a remuneration of $50 per annum. He resigned in June 1917 and Theodore I . Haubner was appointed to complete the term. On November 5, 1918 (general elections) Albert W. Rawson was elected as "Justice of the Peace"-In 1920, it was A.W. Rawson-in 1921 W.L. White-1922 it was A.W. Rawson again and in 1932 it was C.E. Seward-until the Borough form of government took over in November and a Judge was appointed. | We read, Albert W. Rawson was appointed "Judge" for the 1924 term under the new Borough form of government and his fixed salary was $50 per annum, plus all fees except for violations of town ordinances. | Theodore I. Haubner Recorder 1917 | John G. Ackerman First Recorder | 22

23: January 1921, eleven Special Police Officers were sworn in , with John Hartleib, designated as "Acting Chief"; Harvey E. Hering, as "Acting First Assistant Chief" and Benjamin Westphal, as "Acting Second Assistant Chief". The Township purchased badges and clubs for their use and Acting Chief was directed to submit monthly reports to the Township Committee. Mr. Hartleib resigned in June 1921 and Harvey E. Hering was appointed in his place. Fred C. Walker became acting Chief in 1922 and continued until April 11, 1923, when the "Special Police Force" was disbanded by the Township and a Michael Dolinski was appointed as full time "Special Police Officer" with the salary of $125 per month. Mr. Dolinski, a resident of Rutherford (later moved to Hillsdale), has responded to an add in the newspapers, along with other applicants. Mr. Dolinski served until March 1925. Mr. Leroy Unger was appointed a Special Police Officer in January 1925. Lawrence J. Foley in 1926, Alpheus E. Rawson and James A. Holland in 1927. (In May 1923 the Township committee resolved "that John Wolfangel be employed as Special Police Officer in the absence of regular Special Police Officer Dolinski or at such times as the Police Commissioner may require additional police services".) An ordinance creating a regular Police Department was adopted and put into force July 13, 1928. Lawrence J. Foley was appointed regular Chief of Police; James A. Holland and William F. Bulach were appointed as "Roundsmen" (as they were called in ordinance). The Ordinance listed the salaries as follows: for the remuneration of the Chief it shows $2,000 for the first year, $2,050 for the second year and $2,100 for the third year. For the "Roundsmen" it was $1,200 for the first year, to be increased annually by $50 until the salary had reached $1,950 per annum. The Ordinance also provided for ten days vacation for each regular member of the Police Department, and special police officers were to be employed in their stead. Uniforms were purchased for the regular police department and we read on September 11, 1928 "resolved that the Police Department be authorized to conduct a dance on November 5, 1928 for the benefit of their uniform fund". The first automobile of the Police Department , a Chevrolet Roadster, was purchased by the Borough in 1926, and was replaced in 1928 by a Graham Paige auto for use by the newly organized Police Department. The Chevy was turned in. | First Police Car 1926 | Henry J Werner First Police Commissioner | 23

24: Prior to this, motorcycles had been in use since 1923. On April 11, 1923, we read, "Clerk is hereby authorized to purchase one Harley Davidson Motorcycle Model JD for use by the Police Department". This was sold in 1927. In 1929 we read "the Borough accepts a new motorcycle that has been donated by citizens for use by the Police Department." Later, this was turned over to the Fire Chief to patrol the town, but in 1934 it was returned to the Police who had need of it to patrol "Eastern Highway" (now Kinderkamack Road) to curb speeding. This was reconditioned in 1936 and sold in 1937 and a new motorcycle was purchased for the Police Department which was kept in service until sold in 1944 for $275. The Police Booth was donated to the Borough by the then existing "Board of Trade" on Christmas Day, 1925. This served as Police H.Q. until 1931, when a Police H.Q. was created in the Borough Hall. In 1951 the Police H.Q. was moved to the D.P.W. Garage Building, corner of Broadway and Washington Avenue, until 1958 when it was moved to the second floor front-northwest corner of the Borough Hall. In 1968, it was moved to the first floor south end of the Borough Hall. | Harvey E. Herring Acting First Assist. Chief | Fred C. Walker Acting Police Chief | SPECIAL POLICE OFICERS 1921-1922 | Michael Dolinski | Full Time Special Police Officer | John Wolfangel | Frank Mead | CONSTABLES | Benjamin Westphal Acting Second Assist. Chief | 1923 | James A. Holland "Roundsmen" | 24

25: 1906 | Ordinance #141: An ordinance to establish, maintain, regulate and control a police department for the Borough of Hillsdale | Garret Storms Borough Clerk 1926-1954 | School House Magnolia Avenue opened 1898 | 25 | April 23, 1898-Board of Education organized.

26: The first traffic lights were provided by at the Police Booth in April 1926, as provided by Ordinance "to authorize purchase of one three-way traffic signal and one four-way traffic signal at the Police Booth". Also included in the ordinance was a provision for the installation of a switch to control the siren at the Borough Hall roof, "all to be properly set up and installed and in working order and the sum of $1,000 is provided to cover the cost of the same". Before this, Township records read (on Nov. 8, 1921) resolved that Frank L. Mead be employed to supply oil and care for the lamps on the traffic posts for the sum of $10 per month; also the clerk was authorized to purchase six green globes and six ruby red globes for lanterns on the traffic posts". The traffic posts were located on the corner of Piermont Avenue and Broadway. On April 3, 1922 we read, Resolved that Frank L. Mead is employed to clean, refill and trim lanterns on the "one way street-Hillsdale Avenue." (it was one way on Hillsdale Ave. from Broadway to Central Avenue We read also, Piermont Avenue was one-way Broadway to Central Avenue. On June 27, 1922, we read "resolved to abandon the use of lanterns on Hillsdale Avenue. and Piermont Avenue one-way street traffic posts, will install signs instead". | According to the original resolution, the thinking was "to reduce the speeding on Hillsdale Avenue. and Piermont Avenue because the "dashing out into Broadway is causing much consternation, annoyance and confusion"-one can well imagine the traffic using other streets to come out onto Broadway. This was eliminated, traffic lights were installed at the Booth and Police Department enrollment increased. On June 2, 1924, we read "resolved to have a telephone installed at the corner of Park Avenue and Broadway on a pole in the park for sole use by the Police Department. We note in another entry "a good citizen of the town, a Mr. Beck, has presented the Police Department with a beach umbrella, which has been erected in the park alongside the pole with the telephone so that the officer may keep out of the weather and sun." The phone was promptly moved to the Police Booth in 1925. The phone number was Westwood 600. The present police phone is 664-4200. | Summit Avenue (Broadway) looking north | 26 | Central Avenue looking north | first traffic light

27: BOROUGH HALL: 19 CENTRAL AVENUE Through contributions from local citizens and annual fair proceeds, a firehouse was built in 1906. This was done mostly through efforts of John H. Westphal, H.A. Hering, C.C. Davis, John W. Kinmonth and George Saul. The citizens were so enthused over the project that enough money was subscribed to buy a horse-drawn combination ladder and hose truck, forming the Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1. This structure was originally built with stables intended for firetrucks on the first floor and theater or assembly hall on the second floor. The original renovation for use as a municipal building occurred in 1928 when the lower level was altered to house the Fire Department with space for two trucks, recreation room and meeting room addition. The second floor was divided into two rooms for the Council Chamber, Police Headquarters, Tax Collector, Tax Assessor, Recorder, Health Department and Borough Clerk. At this time a boiler room was added below the Fire Department meeting room. The boiler was fueled with coal. In 1948, the boiler was converted from coal to oil . Hillsdale's first council meeting was held on December 11, 1928 after the building was purchased from the Exempt Firemen's Association in 1927. The ambulance building with the adjacent room and toilet were added in 1950. The last major alteration occurred in 1958 when the lower floor was converted to its final layout providing space for expanded Borough Offices and The Police Headquarters. | 1948 | 1973 | HISTORY OF THE BUILDING | 27

28: The Police Department moved to this headquarters during September 1958. The department consisted of 10 men at that time. Usable floor space was approximately 1,500 square feet. Detention facilities consisted of an eye-bolt screwed into the wall in the Police Desk area. One prisoner could be handcuffed to this bolt and watched by the officer manning the desk. If there was more than one prisoner, officers were removed from patrol duty to guard them, usually in the squad room. The most significant feature was the almost complete lack of privacy. There were no hallways and most rooms remained open to serve as corridors to other rooms. Citizen's personal problems were often aired in public. Juvenile offenders could seldom be afforded the degree of privacy suggested by the courts. | POLICE HEADQUARTERS | 28

29: The largest single room, may be considered the all-purpose room as it contained 12 lockers that were shared by all members. The positioning of six lockers as a room divider provided a 5'x8' area that was the office for two Lieutenants. The room also contained fingerprint cabinets and ID equipment, firearm registration files, bulletin boards, radio alarm files and shelves to hold emergency equipment. It served as an interrogation room, lunch room, report room and dressing room. It was also a corridor from the rear entrance to the desk area. | Ptl.Fred Henn | LOCKER-SQUAD ROOM | 18'X12' | 29

30: 10' X 14' This room contained all radio communication equipment for the police, fire dept., and D.P.W. About one-third of the area was used for file cabinets and storage for forms and books. The telephone switchboard and large junction boxes were all located here as well bank alarms, school alarms, fire alarms and home burglar alarms. These alarms and associated cabinets were located on the wall, as well as in and under the desk. The firearms cabinet and 3x5 file cabinets occupied most of the remaining space. | DESK AREA | 30 | Lt. Gerry Schmidt

31: 11'x13' This was a multi-purpose room. It was used for conferences, interrogation, storage, library and files. It also housed the photo-copy machine. | Chief Phil Varisco circa 1971 | CHIEF'S OFFICE | 31

32: 10'x11' The detective room housed both the Criminal and Juvenile Bureaus. It was crammed with two desks and file cabinets. The lavatory was used to store evidence. It had a separate entrance that necessitated going outside the building to get to the police desk. This space was originally occupied by the Volunteer Ambulance Corps. | DETECTIVE BUREAU | 1964 | 32

33: HISTORY OF HILLSDALE POLICE CARS | 1937 Ford | 1939 Chevy | 33

34: 1954 Ford Mainline | 1958 Dodge Coronet | 1961 Pontiac Catalina | 1963 Pontiac Catalina | 1965 Ford Galaxie | 1966 Dodge Coronet | 1967 Pontiac Catalina | 1968 Dodge Polara | 1969 Dodge Polara | 34

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36: 1971 Dodge Polara | 1979 Chevy Impala | 1977 Chevy Nova | 1977 Dodge Monaco wagon | 36 | 1975 Chevy Bel Air | 1970's POLICE CARS

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38: The Hillsdale Police booth was an octagonal-shaped small brick structure, with Dutch doors, and a clay tiled roof, with a light on top. It was built by Mr. Charles Olley around the depression era, mid 1920‘s. As the town of Hillsdale grew, the booth remained the center of all police activity, while there was a desk and a jail lockup on the second floor of the Hillsdale Fire House, then located on Park Avenue. Originally the booth had a kerosene heater, a cabinet with drawers, a telephone. Radio communications to police cars was one-way. This meant that all police cars in Bergen County, had radios that could only receive messages. Stolen cars, wanted or missing persons, all county wide alarms were received this way. At Headquarters there was a teletype, where all important alarms and messages were printed out. In the mid 1950’s, The Hillsdale Police Department had a section of the DPW building on Washington Avenue. This served as Headquarters, as well as the municipal court, where Judge Robert O. Bentley, held municipal court. A converted motorcycle radio provided two-way radio communication with all patrol cars in the Pascack Valley area. This motorcycle radio became station KEF-720. Hillsdale police car was identified as Car 33. Westwood had Car 1, Emerson had car 21, River Vale, had car 52, and Washington Township had car 44. Pascack Valley now had a local radio network. Westwood became the official main base station, where all local and county alarms and information was relayed to other cars and headquarters. | By Neil Stewart former Hillsdale police officer | THE POLICE BOOTH | The Police Booth Kiosk was donated by the Board of Trade; on Christmas Day 1925 | 38

39: DUTIES CONCERNING THE BOOTH: Roll call Blotter entries Fire Sirens Ambulance dispatch Radio procedure Bergen Record local newspapers Traffic control School crossing duty Night duty foot patrol | JULIUS BEISSBARTH INCIDENT In the late 1940's the booth had a small kerosene heater to heat it. One of the duties of the man on duty from midnight to eight a.m. shift, was to trim the wick on the heater to make the heater more efficient. Failure to do this would create dire circumstances. One Patrolman evidently forgot to perform this task, and during the quiet tour, one night, he fell asleep. He was awakened by the sounds of the train's whistle and bells of the steam locomotive, and assumed that it was an unscheduled freight train. As he looked out the window, it was still dark outside, so he paid it little mind. | 39

40: THE GIRL OVER THE CANDY STORE Hillsdale’s Street lights were maintained by Public Service. One of a Hillsdale Patrolman's duties was to report all streetlights that were out, and place the location in a small book in the desk at the booth. Public Service would then send a man most every night to check the book, and replace the burned out bulbs. This Public Service Man was known as the “Lamp Lighter". He had a small truck with a ladder attached that he could park under a burned out street light and replace the bulb. Generally he would get to town around 10 p.m., but never on a truly definite schedule. One summer in the late 1940’s or so, Ptl. Gerald Schmidt noticed that the Lamp Lighter, would often park his truck by the booth and go up the ladder and would stay on top of the ladder for quite a while. Ptl. Schmidt, after a few nights noticed that the Lamp Lighter was parked there more and more often, and also noticed that the news truck driver, as well as a milkman and more would congregate under the street light by the booth. Finally, Ptl. Schmidt, went over to the Lamp Lighter, and found out that he was actually looking in a window where a rather attractive young lady was exercising. The obvious attraction was that she was very scantily clad. Ptl. Schmidt put a stop to the saddened Lamp Lighter and his friends. | 7/1/31 | 40

41: NOON WHISTLE NINE TIMES On the wall of the booth, was a small red metal panel that had a button, when pushed blew the siren on the roof of the Borough Hall, as well as various locations about the town. One such reason was to sound the Noon time. You merely held the button down for about ten seconds and then let it go. The panel also had a lever, that when pulled down and let go it activated the siren nine times. Nine times indicated a fire somewhere in Hillsdale and all firemen were to report to the firehouse. One of a patrolman’s duties was to sound the Noon siren every day except Sunday. Most times, the Police Chief at headquarters would remind the patrolman at the booth to blow the siren. One day Patrolman Varisco was on duty at the booth and he noticed by the clock on the booth wall that it was several minutes passed Noon, so he hurriedly and mistakenly grabbed the fire siren lever and pulled it down. He knew that the siren activated once the lever let go. There was nothing he could do, so he let it go, soon several fireman came racing towards the booth and Varisco, halted them an gave them a story about a malfunction or something he could only feebly come up with. Actually, very few firemen heard it so Varisco thought he got away with it. Shortly thereafter, Varsico got a call from the Chief at Headquarters, asking him if he sounded the noon whistle, Varisco said yes I did nine times, and the chief only said “Fine” and hung up Varisco never heard another the word about the “Nine times noon whistle” | 41

42: QUEEN ELIZABETH Knave! Away from my castle! One day, I parked my patrol car by the booth, and walked over to start my duties there. As I got to the booth, a woman middle-aged was inside the booth, with the bottom Dutch door closed, and she stopped me and in a strong affirmative voice said,” Away you knave!” and stared at me in a threatening manner. I asked her what she wanted, and she replied, “ I am the Queen of England, and this is my castle!, now leave!" SALIMONE GETTING BURNED CIGAR EXPLOSION AT BOOTH The Police booth once proved to be a rather dangerous place to be in. The conduit pipes in which the telephone, traffic lights, burglar alarms and much more electrical wires contained. It seems as though the pipes that carried these wires rusted, and water got into these conduits as well as leaking gases from sewerage. The pipe that carried the electrical switching for the traffic lights at Broadway and Hillsdale Avenue, ended in the a control box at the booth. The control box consisted of the timing of the traffic light sequence. Plus a hand control that the officer on duty can manually switch the lights. One night, Patrolman Anthony Salimone decided he would lay back and light a cigar, well you can imagine the surprise he received when he lit the match! | 42

43: The 1920s-1930s | Population: 1930... 2,959 | The 1920 Census shows the population of Hillsdale Township to be 1,720, an increase of sixty percent since 1910. The business facilities of the town kept pace with the needs of the increasing population, and numerous social organizations were alert to promote the religious, educational, fraternal, business community and athletic interests of the residents. | 43 | "There is ever present danger to any police officer who rides alone nights stopping cars and questioning suspects. The same applies to the cop who makes the store doors and back doors and windows. A cop in a small town must take care of himself for he can blow a whistle or shout for help a long while before he can hope to get help." Chief William Bulach 1935

44: A glimpse of police work in the 1920s | Police Commissioner HarveyE. Herring | Michael Dolinski | Lawrence Foley | 1912 | 1904 | Through police blotters | 44

45: 1/19/27 | 45 | 10/28

46: 6/20/29 | 6/6/29 | 5/23/29 | 6/13/29 | 46 | 1928

47: 9/18/29 | original blotter entry | 47

48: 7/11/29 | 7/25/29 | 8/1/29 | 10/10/29 | 48

49: 1/2/30 | 1/2/30 | Background: Sunshine Restaurant: Corner of Broadway & Lawrence St. | 49 | 1-30

50: Patrolman R. Frank Stoeckel circa 1930 | 1/16/30 | 1/16/30 | 3/13/30 | 1/16/30 | Frank Stoeckel 1/15/30: Appointed to Department 9/12/45: Acting Chief of Police 12/11/45: Chief of Police | 50

51: 2/6/30 | 5/22/30 | 2/13/30 | 3-30 | 2/6/30 | 1/29/31 | 51 | Dario's Inn Hillsdale Manor

52: actual love letter | 52

53: 1/8/31 | 4/2/31 | 4/16/31 | 5/7/31 | 53 | April 1902-Hillsdale Fire Association and Ladies Auxiliary organized.

54: 11/12/31 | 8/27/31 | Hillsdale Manor Station Background: Colemier Lake | 54 | Laura Keene

55: 7/31/31 | 8/27/31 | 9/3/31 | 55

56: 9/10/31 | June 6, 1932 | Records indicate the police confiscated a still, that the same was sold for junk, and the sum of $60.00 realized from the state sale turned over to the relief fund. Borough employees, led by the Police Dept., offered 10% of their salaries toward the relief fund and local businessman offered a 10% discount on all purchases made by the borough for the unemployed. | THE GREAT DEPRESSION | 56 | January 1927-Hillsdale National Bank opens with W. Merle Hoffman as cashier.

57: 7/28/33 | Below: Police Blotter Entry regarding Bank Robbery follow up | Hillsdale Ave. Bridge | 57

58: 1/19/34 | 3/2/34 | 3/1/6/34 | 5/4/34 | 58

59: 1/5/34 | 3/9/34 | 3/23/34 | 4/6/34 | 59

60: Hillsdale Police Department 1934 | Julius Beissbarth Appointed Special Officer:12/1/30 Regular:11/14/31 Resigned:12/5/44 | R. Frank Stoeckel Appointed Special Officer:1/15/30 Regular :9/23/30 | Henry Koelsch Appointed Special Officer:10/1/28 Regular:12/28 | Chief William Bulach Appointed:May 1928 Dismissed:10/19/37 | 60

61: 10/26/34 | 11/9/34 | February 15, 1935 | 3/15/35 | 61 | I want to cite a few things that occurred to bring out the fact that contrary to the general belief that there is little element of danger to police in small towns, that our men have been in danger of losing their lives on more than one occasion. First--The case of Florence Weeder who became violently insane and hit her crippled father over the head. I answered the call. The woman struck at me with a stick, clawed my face, hit & kicked me in the groin. I took her to Bergen Pines. Second--I took a shot-gun from a man who had beaten his son and was going to kill the rest of his family. Third--Beissbarth had to crawl in a window to take a revolver away from a man who had fired a shot in a neighbors house. Four--I took a shot gun away from a man who refused to pay a New York cab driver his fare. He invited me into the house to talk it over and once in the house he pointed a shot gun at me and threatened to kill me. As I was calling the commissioner this man hit the phone out of my hand and as he did, I took the gun from him. | As taken from the 1935 annual report from Chief Bulach to the Hon. William B. Terry (police Commissioner)

62: 7/11/34 | 8/24/34 | 8/24/34 | October 5, 1934 | 62

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64: 11/2/35 | 11/29/35 | 64

65: 3/27/36 | 3/20/36 | 7/17/36 | 7/31/36 | 65

66: 8/28/36 | 10/2/36 | 10/9/36 | 11/20/36 | 11/27/36 | 66 | Used as evidence in Chief Bulach's trial.

67: July 1937 | 67

68: 7/30/37 | 8/20/37 | 8/27/37 | 8/13/37 | 68

69: September 17, 1937 | 9/24/37 | 69

70: 9/24/37 | 10/21/37 | 11/25/37 | 70

71: Charles Saul | Intersection of Hillsdale Ave. & Magnolia Ave. in 1937. Actual police car & victim, Charles Saul | 71 | Acting Chief Koelsch

72: 11/25/37 | 12/2/37 | 12/23/37 | 3/24/38 | 4/21/38 | 4/28/38 | 72

73: August 9, 1938 | 9/1/38 | 73

74: After a search on April 29, 1938, detectives located a still on the estate of Frank I. Liveright in Hillsdale. It was of a 1,000-gallon capacity and is estimated to have yielded $2,500 in alcohol weekly. Examining the setup are Cornelius Kahn, Patrolman Julius Beissbarth and Temporary Chief Henry P.M. Koelsch of the Hillsdale Police; County Investigator James Stewart, A.B.C. Inspector Daniel Illario, and County Investigator Frank Service. | 74

75: There were vats also contained in the barn where the still was located. The raiders found nearly a ton of white sugar, as well as large boxes of yeast for use in fermenting the mash. The cooker heated with the usual charcoal, but with a modern oil burner. | 75

76: Lined up behind Mayor John G. Hansen are: from left to right: Patrolman Charles Naden, Patrolman Frank Stoeckel, Patrolman Julius Beissbarth and Chief Henry P.N. Koelsch Background: trophy won | Pistol Shoot In Park Ridge | October 1938 | 1/1/39-1/15/45 | 76

77: 11/24/39 | 77

78: 3/2/39 | 3/16/39 | 4/27/39 | 6/1/39 | 78 | Above: Patrolman Charles Naden

79: 9/14/39 | 11/16/39 | 9/29/39 | 9/29/39 | 79

80: The Forties | Population: 1940...3,438 | 80

81: 1/25/40 | 3/14/40 | 3/21/40 | 5/16/40 | 81

82: 5/23/40 | Daily Itinerary | 82

83: 10/24/40 | 1-41 | 10/31/41 | 8/2/40 | 83 | The Pascack Pool, at the southwest corner of Piermont Avenue and Cedar Lane, was the sight of many fun summer days. The pool, was a large man-made lake, was complete with diving boards, refreshment stand, lifeguards, sand and a jukebox. The pool was a popular place in the1940's for soldiers and nearby military camps to come for a little "R&R" before shipping off to other parts of the country or world.

84: Krentzenstein's 1941 Indian motorcycle | Background: Yates Bridge | 7/3/41 | 7/10/41 | 7/24/41 | 84

85: The Junior Police Patrol 1942 | Chief Koelsch & Ann Blanche Smith in 1942 with members of the Junior Police Patrol | 85 | George White School was built in 1921, originally a 12-room schoolhouse

86: WORLD WAR II | 86

87: Pursuant to a law adopted by the State of New Jersey, Mayor Frank E. Hafemann appointed a Hillsdale Defense Council, which met for the first time on May 23, 1941. The members were John G. Hansen (Chairman); H. Clyde Day (Vice-Chairman); Garrett A. Storms (Secretary); Mayor Hafemann (Ex-Officio); Harry Gunther, Charles W. Hillabarnt, Leonard Baker, George B. Metz, Elsie M. Hubachek, James A. Tatem, Benjamin B. Margolis, Police Chief Henry P. Koelsch, Fire Chief Martin Shaefer. Shortly thereafter Dr. Anthony M. Romano, Herman Partridge, Edmund L. Geenin, Michael Longo, Jennr R. Fast, Harvey E. Hering were appointed, while Fire Chiefs W. J. Rawson, R.C. Appeld, W.T. Pitt, and Francis Whalen succeeded each other on the Defense Council as they took office as Chief. Three men received training and qualified as "Bomb Experts" and were also added to the Defense Council-namely, Messrs. Milton Zabriskie, Henry Heins and R.C. Appeld. Before the Council was disbanded, H. Clyde Day had resigned as Vice-Chairman because of ill health and was succeeded by Harvey E. Hering-also Wm. P. Burhorn, Fred Anderson and Fred Acker were added. | By the Autumn of 1941, a Police Auxiliary of twenty-two men (before the end of the year forty-eight men), and a Fire Auxiliary of twenty-four men had been organized and were receiving training; a First Aid class of forty men and women was under way, and Hillsdale heard the siren for an Army air raid test for the first time in October 1941. On December 8, 1941, the day after "Pearl Harbor", pursuant to a State "Order" to each Defense Council, Hillsdale held a special "War Conference" and preparations were hurried but strengthened. Three men, Messrs. Hanson, Gunther and Police Chief Koelsch were put in general command to succeed each other in event of absence. Each area with it's Deputy Commander, Zone Wardens, Air Raid Wardens, in all consisting of 141 persons, were ready to enforce "black-outs" and maintain order, etc. (By end of 1942 over 200 were enrolled). Headquarters was established at the Borough Hall, first aid and canteen stations were first at the school-later in an empty store in the Hemme Building. (now Cornerstone Restaurant). | Auxiliary Police Training | Borough Hall 1942 | 87

88: July 4, 1942 | Chief Koelsch leads the parade | 88

89: 7/2/41 | 3/19/42 | 4/42 | 9/17/42 | 10/15/42 | 4/8/43 | 89

90: Hillsdale Civic Association On July 23, 1945, a group of public spirited citizens of Hillsdale met at the home of Mr. Frank D. Peters for the purpose of forming a group to bring about improvements in the Borough. | 8/23/45 | 8/25/45 | 8/30/45 | 7/28/45 | 8/16/45 | 90

91: 9/20/45 | 91

92: 1945 | 5/16/46 | 7/25/45 | Special Officer Henry Heins resigned: June 30, 1945 | 92 | Gerald Schmidt Appointed: 3/27/46

93: Above: Ralph Hines, Family friend, Paul D.Daher and Donald Daher on horse and Special Police Officer, Paul Daher with his beloved horse and his sons. | Above: Margaret Rawson Daher, wife of Officer Paul Daher, Ralph Hines, Pearl Rawson Schramm, mother of Hillsdale Ret. officers, Robert and Ronald Schramm, Special Officer Paul Daher. In front: Left, Donald Daher and Paul D. Daher, sons of Officer Daher. | 93 | During the period of American involvement in World War II between the years 1941 through 1945, nearly 500 men and women from Hillsdale saw service in the armed forces of their country. Eleven men lost their lives in the four-year struggle. The men with gold stars affixed after their names on Hillsdale's World War II Honor Roll are: C.Clark, R. Greve, L. Gritman, E. Hills, R. Holensworth, W.Irvine, T. Lyons Jr., C. MacMillan, L. Meyer, H.Springer and R. Swenson On the home front, the entire community took an active part in supporting the war effort, providing home guard protection and in entertaining servicemen at nearby Army camps.

94: John C. Greve appointed: 5/12/46 resigned: 5/31/51 | 2/47 | 94

95: 5/16/46 | 1947 | 1947 | 95

96: 96 | Background: Welcome Home parade 1946

97: 97 | Background: 50th anniversary parade 1948

98: 4/28/47: Patrolman applicant 11/16/47: Appointed regular patrolman | George E. Scott | Two-way police radios were put into police cars and headquarters in June 1946, using the Westwood Police Radio Base Station. Ten years later Hillsdale had its own base station.

99: Hillsdale Police Department 1948 | Left to Right: George Scott, John Greve, Chief Frank Stoeckel, Gerry Schmidt | 99

100: Front Section Borough Garage Broadway & Washington Avenue | Police Headquarters, Magistrate Court 1948 | 100

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102: 12/8/49: Meeting of entire dept. at Mayor's house with Police Committee, Ref: Salaries, etc. | 102 | James A. Tatem was mayor of Hillsdale in 1948 when the groundwork was laid for the Tandy and Allen development of more than 200 homes which started Hillsdale on a building boom in 1949 and 1950 which was ground to a halt due to the fact that the only available lands in the community suitable for home sites were small lots scattered throughout Hillsdale.

103: THE FIFTIES | Population:...4,127 | 103

104: 4/11/50 William Bulach, former Police Chief, on trial for perjury, in Hackensack. | Pine Lake Lodge, Washington Twp. | 104

105: 1951 | Patrolman Gerald Schmidt | 105

106: Officers Roy Byrne & Gerald Schmidt | 106

107: Ptl. Jack Bauer | Special Patrolman Roy Byrne # Appointed: 6/25/51 Resigned:6/21/58 | Roy Byrne & Gerald Schmidt | 107

108: Police Headquarters,Washington Avenue 3/1/52. Building raised 9/15/71 | Municipal Garage | 108 | 1951-Municipal Garbage pickup begins

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110: Top Row: Left To Right: Jack Bauer, Gerry Schmidt, Paul Daher, George Jepson, Henry May, Calvin Piper, James Spielman, Marino, Bottom Row: Comm. Gunther, Robert Schoneman, Donald Dykstra, Milton Zabriske, Comm. Stitler, unknown, Chief R. Frank Stoeckel. | HILLSDALE CIVIL DEFENSE ORGANIZATION | 110


112: 3/21/52 | 4/1/53 | 112

113: Robert R. Schoneman Special Officer 1/18/53 | July16, 1953 | 113

114: 3/21/53 | 114

115: Representative of Worth Motors (left) turning over keys to Rienhardt Felten on 2/4/54 | 115

116: May 1954 | May 1, 1954 | 6/22/54 | 116

117: Special Officer: Donald Dykstra 1948-1954 | 117 | George Jepson's Shell Station

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119: November 1954 | 119

120: 12/13/54 | Special Officer Joseph Mansfield | 120

121: Police Commissioner Lester Bremer | 1/24/55 | Ptl. Jack Bauer controls the crowd | 121

122: 10/1/54 | 122 | Pascack Valley High Regional High School opened Sept. 1955

123: Joseph Perrotta : appointed 7/12/55 | 11/10/55 | 123

124: 8/11/55 Eastbound: Kinderkamack Road & Hillsdale Avenue | Westbound | 124

125: 9/20/55 | 12/8/55 | 1955 | 125

126: 11/5/55 | 11/25/55 | 1/26/56 | 1/23/56 | 126

127: 4/12/56 | 127 | Sept. 15, 1924-Avolia Transportation Co. Paterson inaugurates first bus service from Hillsdale to Paterson.

128: 5/24/56 | 128

129: 5/28/56 | 5/10/56 | 129 | Background: 8/9/56 Construction on the Hillsdale Avenue bridge over the Garden State Parkway

130: July 1, 1956 | 1955 | 3/5/56: made application for position | Phillip J. Varisco | Dwight Solomon Fiedler | 3/15/56: made application for position | 130 | An early example of a police report by Ptl. Jack Bauer

131: Kinderkamack Road. & Prospect Avenue looking north | 7/9/56 | 131

132: 7/26/56 | 5/10/56 | 7/12/56 | 10/4/56 | 7/26/56 | 7/30/56 | 132 | Kitty Kallen

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134: August 7, 1956 | Background: Birchwood Lane & Saddlewood Drive | 134

135: 10/4/56 | 12/17/56 | Background: Durie Motors interior | 135

136: March 2, 1957 | 136

137: 1/5/57 | 3/4/57 | July 1957 | 137

138: Left to Right-Hank May, Jim Speilman, Emil Eilhardt, Monte Robbins, Vince McCarthy, Tom Clarke, Tom Sayer, Harold Smith, Jos. Prohaska, & Art Wagner. | Mayor Dowd, Milt Zabriskie, & Chief Stoeckel | 11-56 | May 30, 1957 | 138

139: Garden State Parkway construction Werimus Road/Lane overpass | Intersection Pascack Rd. & Hillsdale Ave. | Development of one the last large tracts of open Hillsdale land began in 1958 with the Chesnut Hills project which extended from Melville Road to Werimus Road from Werimus Road north to Craig Road. | Industrial Radio PAK-FONE portable radio purchased by Borough in 1958

140: This is part of my life that I don't brag about too much. As I got older, It struck me as funny or very odd. How I became a cop. In the spring of 1957, I was unemployed , having just quit my job as a Taxi driver, for Tiedmann's Taxi in Westwood, N.J. As I look back, being a taxi driver, was a great experience for me. Dealing with all types of people , wealthy, prostitutes, poor, drunks, and some great people as well.I worked from 6 pm to 4 am. The most famous fare I ever got was a New York Yankee player, Yogi Berra. I had heard a Yankee game earlier one afternoon, and Phil Rizzuto had some humorous tales about Yogi. They weren't any things worth remembering now, but I felt as though I would mention it to Yogi, as an excuse to make conversation with him. I quickly learned used the "gift of gab", as a way of breaking the ice, in hopes of getting a decent or at least a better tip. Taxi driver's salaries are based on tips they get. When I mentioned what Rizzuto had said, Yogi just mumbled something like "somona beech", that was the extent of the little talk. I got a 50 cent tip , that was good in those days. At the time, Yogi lived in Woodcliff Lake, N.J. the town just north of Hillsdale. I never had Yogi as a fare again. This career as a taxi driver lasted only little over a year. Now I was unemployed and living off my earnings. In a sense, I was a bum with a large amount of money. I used to go out carousing in the local taverns, and in some places known as a "regular".This is not an enviable title to be given or earned. In the afternoon, I would just hang around the house. My Mom as soon as the Bergen Record was delivered to our house would open it up to the "want ads". Then read them aloud, and make suggestions to me like, "This sounds like a good job!" I tried to ignore her.This was my daily routine, for my Mom. This went on longer than I care to remember. Then one day, Mom said while reading the Record, "They're looking for police officers in Hillsdale!" I replied , not eagerly, "yeah, I'll go down and check that out tomorrow". My mother never let up, saying, "today's the last day". I again, a little annoyed, answered, "OK, I'll go later this afternoon". Mom now, said, "O.K., I got to go shopping, and I'll drop you off at the police station, it's right on the way". There was no way out now, so mom did take me to the police station, and let me off right at the front door. | HOW I BECAME A POLICEMAN | 140 | Neil Stewart June 29, 2000

141: Imagine, I am 27 years old, and my mother is driving me to get a job! I guess I was more annoyed than ashamed of myself. The police station, was one room at the corner of the Hillsdale Department of Public Works Garage. The only policeman there was the Chief. He handed me an application, told me when the test for patrolman would be. I just seemed pale to the situation. Later that afternoon, I met Bob Schramm; he lived just up the street from me. Bob got discharged from the Air Force. Bob did fill out the application: We kidded each other about it, neither one of us was too serious about this job. The day of the test came, and about 14 other men were there as well. Bob and I waited about a week, and each of us got a call, that the two of us passed, and would be required to take a physical. The physical requirements were 5 foot 10 inches, no less than 150 pounds, and no criminal record. The patrolman's salary was $3,000 a year, after three years, plus six months probation. I was worried about the weight requirement, as I weighed just less than 150 lbs. I now was interested in the job, so I started eating lots of bananas. Both were notified that we had passed the physicals , and would now would be sworn in. Bob got a higher mark on the written exam, so he got Hillsdale Badge #7, I got Badge #8. The Hillsdale Police Department consisted of a Chief, two Sergeants, and eight patrolman. Another reason I was interested in the job was that the police put a referendum ballot, a pay raise for Policemen. Little did my mother know that I would stay a Hillsdale Policeman and retire after 27 years. | 141

142: 8/31/57 | Chief Frank Stoeckel with his son, Howard | 12/26/57 | 142

143: 9/23/57:Appointed as Special Police Officer 4/1/58: Appointed regular Patrolman | Robert J. Schramm | 143

144: 3/5/58 | 1/25/59 | November 6, 1957 | 144

145: April 14, 1959 | 145

146: 6/3/59 | 6/59 | July 1959 | 4/5/65: Stolen gun showed up in the Little Falls Police Dept. | Ptl. Vince McCarthy | 146

147: October 15, 1959 | 147 | Edward P. Hughes

148: October 20, 1959 | 148 | Background: Valley Fair Tire (currently E.T.D. Tire)

149: Jack Ottignon | Joseph Mansfield | Wilbert Roell | 149 | AUXILIARY OFFICERS

150: Mayor Melvin Rehill | Patrolman Jack Bauer | 150

151: December 31. 1959 | 151

152: The Sixties | Population: 1960...8,734 | 152

153: 1/28/60 | 3/16/60 | 153

154: Sgt. George E. Scott | Ptl. Robert Schramm | 7/8/60 | 7/8/60 | 154

155: April 16, 1960 | 155

156: April 1960 | 8/20/60 | Ptl. Charles Gordon | John B. Heins | 156

157: 5/11/60 | 6/20/60 | 157 | Background: Ptl. Vince McCarthy

158: 4/14/60 | 4/8/60 | 158

159: 7/7/60 | 159 | Juke Box | Background:Pascack Pool

160: March 1, 1961 | 160

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162: March 4, 1961 | 162 | May 3, 1874-Hillsdale Methodist Episcopal Church organized.

163: Kenneth Brigham found guilty of 3 counts of arson. Remanded to Greystone 3-5 years | 163

164: As the Borough's population rises, the work of the Police Department has risen to equal or surpass this rise. The rise in larceny cases and breaking and entering cases calls for a greater action to be taken. One solution to this is a division or detective bureau would assist the regular officer first at the scene with the investigations. The regular officers are now trying to do this with their regular work load, and this dual role means they should be in two places at one time. The appointment of a detective could help eliminate some of this. Though the uniformed officer at the scene of a crime first will be expected to handle this with dispatch and care, because he will be the complainant, in any case. But he will need much help from others investigating the same crime. | DETECTIVE BUREAU | 164

165: April 1961 | 4/25/61 | Left To Right:Detective Sgt. George E. Scott, Detective Dwight S. Fiedler | 165

166: July 7, 1961 | 166

167: 8/9/61 | 8/11/61 | 167

168: L to R:Jack Bauer, Ronald Schramm, Mayor Bremmer, George E. Scott & Dwight Fieldler | The Superior officers numbers were enlarged to five men. This gave the department one superior on duty at all times | 9/1/61 | 168

169: Ptl. Neil Stewart Oct 30,1961 | 9/25/61 | 11/24/61 | 169

170: Our traffic and traffic sign divisions had a rough year, the officers that are heading these divisions had much to cope with. The present rise in vehicle traffic in Hillsdale. The policing of this traffic. The new parking ordinances. The complaints of our local residents in the various school areas with new ideas fostered by local-county-state officials also gave them much to think about in their duties. | 1/15/62 | 170

171: 2/15/62 | 3/14/62 | 5/16/62 | Gary Hughes | Francis Streich | 171

172: April 21, 1962 | 172

173: 3/30/62 | 173

174: Bottom Row Left to Right: Dwight Fiedler, Phil Varisco, Jack Bauer, Gerry Schmidt, Chief Stoeckel Middle Row-Vince McCarthy, Anthony Salimone, Pete Bauer, Joe Cannon, Gary Hughes, Ron Schramm, Herman Taege, Robert Schramm, Neil Stewart, Chuck Gordon Back Rows: Aux.Police and crossing guards | Mayor and Council inspected headquarters, cars, and equipment and all personnel including regular members, specials, school specials and auxiliary officers. | 174

175: May 15, 1962 | POLICE WEEK: | 175

176: May 16, 1962 | 176

177: Police week observed May 13 to May 19th, was very well attended by the general public in the Borough of Hillsdale with nearly 700 signatures on the visitors register. Quite a few people were surprised at the number of stops made necessary by just one telephone complaint or service call. Charts showing the various steps needed to answer all these calls was part of the display. Members of the department worked hard at assembling and posting the various items on display and really enjoyed explaining them to the public. Groups of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and school children made up the largest number of visitors and needless to say their attention was riveted on the firearms and equipment. The Police Department wishes to thank those who took this opportunity to visit and get acquainted with police work as it really is. | May 21, 1962 | 177

178: Background Ptl. Ron Schramm | 178

179: Patrolman Vince McCarthy investigating a break & Entry at Gases Acres 1/3/63 | 179

180: October 30, 1962 | 180

181: 11/3/62 | 181

182: 11/7/62 | Patrolman Gordon's tattered uniform | 182

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184: Joseph Cannon: Charged with contributing to delinquency of minors. | resigned for the good of service | 2/13/63 | 184

185: 1/29/63 found not guilty, job reinstated and returned to work. | 9/26/63 | 185

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187: 12/20/63 | 4/5/63 | 187

188: 3/30/64 | 1/16/64 | 7/5/63 | Vince McCarthy | 188

189: February 11, 1964 | 189

190: Ptl. Gary Hughes 4/17/64 | 3/11/64 | 4/18/64 | 190

191: 4/20/64 | 4/29/64 | 191

192: Top Row L to R- Mark Reisen, Vince McCarthy, Frank Mikulski, Pete Bauer,Gary Hughes, Ron Schramm, Neil Stewart Bottom Row- Phil Varisco, Robert Schramm, Chief Stoeckel, Gerry Schmidt, Jack Bauer, Chuck Gordon | POLICE WEEK INSPECTION | May 15, 1964 | 192

193: Robert Schoneman, Albert Cady, Vincent Kovar, Wilbert Roell, Joseph Mansfield, Vincent Anselmo, Ted Johansmeyer, Arthur Wagner | SPECIAL POLICE OFFICERS | Special Police Officers (School) | Mayor & Council

194: Ptl. George Ellin was the first Hillsdale police recruit to attend Sea Girt New Jersey State Police Academy. | 5/18/64 | Spring Lake Community House | 194

195: September 28 to November 6th: Ptl. Frank Mikulski attended New Jersey State Police Academy at Sea Girt, N.J. for basic training. | 195

196: May 11 to June 19th 1964-Ptl. Mark Reisen attended New Jersey State Police Academy at Sea Girt, N.J. for basic training. | 6/23/64 | 196

197: June 25, 1964 | 197

198: Ptl. Frank Mikulski discovered the post office entry while conducting nightly business checks. | 198 | 1913-First post office building erected under Postmaster John W. Kinmouth.

199: January 3, 1966 | 199

200: 9/16/64 | 200

201: August 27, 1964 | Overlook Drive | 201

202: 8/14/64 | 7/18/64 | 12/11/64 | William Hillgardner | 202

203: Background 10/22/64 B&E investigation | 11/6/64 | 12/17/64 | 1965 | 203

204: Inspection 1965 | Top Row L to R- Vincent McCarthy, Pete Bauer, Frank Mikulski, Ronald Schramm, Dave Vannoy, Gary Hughes Middle Row-George Ellin Robert McIntyre, Mark Reisen, Robert Francaviglia, Raymond Wurst, David Kramer Bottom row- Comm. Busch, Phil Varisco, Robert Schramm, Gerald Schmidt, R. Frank Stoeckel, Neil Stewart, Jack Bauer | 204

205: February 1965 | 1/2/65 | identi-kit sketch of suspect | Ptl. Peter Bauer on Piermont Ave. | 205

206: 2/17/65 | 1965's Fleet | 206

207: 2/3/65 | 2/18/65 | 2/3/65 | 3/10/65 | June 1933-Hillsdale Businessmen's Association organized.

208: Bellow: Police Commissioner Gilbert Busch presents badges and congratulates the five newly appointed members of the Hillsdale Police Department L toR: Barry Dyke, David Kramer, Raymond Wurst, Comm. Busch, Robert McIntyre and Robert Francaviglia. | March 23, 1965 | 208

209: Pete Bauer 3/8/65 | 4/3/65 | 209 | 4/13/65 | Sgt. Neil Stewart | Ptl. Gary Hughes

210: April 16, 1965 | Detective Sgt. Varisco and Det. McCarthy investigate a breaking & entering. | put house in backround | Det. Sgt. Philip Varisco was made a full- time detective this year, the beginning of a full time Detective Bureau, Pat'l McCarthy of the uniform force acts as detective or plainclothes man for the Juvenile Bureau. | 210

211: Only through higher education can police expect to attain their goal of recognition as professionals and the respect of the community. The well- trained, well- educated officer is a credit to the profession, the department and the municipality. | 211

212: Sgt. Jack Bauer and Ptl. Raymond Wurst conducting radar on Broadway 1965 | 212

213: May 26, 1965 New radar equipment (unit model S-5) was received | 213

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215: Sergeant Neil Stewart accompanied the George White Junior Safety Patrol to Washington, D.C. May 1965 | 215 | Courtesy of Fred Winkler

216: Police pistol leagues serve several purposes. Not only do individual police officers become proficient in the use of their weapons but they also become acquainted with members of other agencies. The simple idea of being part of a team is beneficial to any group of persons working together toward a common goal. Our department has competed for many years in the Bergen-Rockland Police pistol league. Eight communities from these two counties have teams represented in the league | July 12, 1965 Pat'l Mikulski receiving Bergen Records Qualification Match trophy. | 216 | Background: Bill Skowron anchors down his carpet at his new Craig Road home in 1958.

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218: September 11, 1965 | Mark Reisen | 218

219: 12/3/65 | 1/27/66 | Burglary Proceeds from Mildred's Hair Salon. | 219

220: 2/4/66 | 220

221: November 15, 1965 | 221

222: Appointed to Captain 6/14/66 | 222

223: 5/25/66 | 223

224: July 14. 1966 | 224

225: Robert McIntyre | October 13, 1966 | Patrolman Robert Francaviglia accepts a commendation award from Chief Frank Stoeckel for having helped apprehend four men who were engaged in burglarizing a home | 225

226: Sgt.Jack Bauer & Ptl. McIntyre | Sgt. Bauer locker room jab | 226

227: Left to Right- Phil Varisco, Bob Francaviglia, Chief Stoeckel, Frank Mikulski, Robert Schramm, Pete Bauer, George Ellin, Mayor Busch, Raymond Wurst, Mark Reisen, & Neil Stewart | 1966: Third place team Bergen Record Police Pistol League | 227

228: November 14, 1966 | 11/21-23/66 B.C.P.A. | 228

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230: 12/12/66 | 12/28/67 | Jan. 1967 | Coles Crossing | 230

231: 1967 DEPARTMENT INSPECTION | Top Row Left to Right: Mark Reisen, Vincent McCarthy, Frank Mikulski, Ronald Schramm, Dave Vannoy, George Ellin, Gary Hughes, Raymond Wurst, Dave Kramer, Robert Francaviglia Middle Row Left To Right: Robert McIntyre, Phil Varisco, Neil Stewart, Robert Schramm, Jack Bauer, Gerald Schmidt, Chief Frank Stoeckel. Bottom Row: Mayor & Council | 1/7/1967 | SPECIAL OFFICERS & SCHOOL GUARDS | 231

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233: 2/16/67 | 233

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235: March 11, 1967 Thomas Moran And Jermey Duggan sworn in as probationary officers. | ##@@@# | #22 | #23 | 235

236: May 7, 1967 | Ptl. Dave Kramer & Capt. Varisco | 236

237: May 18, 1967 | The General Leonard Wood American Legion Post #162 was originally organized in 1920 by veterans of World War I under the leadership of Charles K.H. Riley. | Vince McCarthy was a Navy Veteran of the Korean War aboard the U.S.S. Coral Sea. Vince was also a past Commander of Post #162 | 237 | 237

238: Detective Vincent McCarthy promoted to Sergeant | June 15, 1967 | 238

239: July 1, 1967 | Det. McCarthy processing a B&E at Sylvan Pools 3-29-67 | 239

240: Lt. Gerry Schmidt on desk duty 1967 The king of 3x5 typed index cards | During the year 1967, this department was faced with more than several power failures, without an emergency generator we are placed in a dangerous position. We did use the emergency equipment that is at our disposal, such battery radios, but without lights and power for our department and other alarm systems we are at the mercy of criminals and elements thrive at such time. | 240

241: Dave Kramer assigned to the Detective Bureau 1967 upon Det. George Ellin's resignation. | June 28, 1967 | 8/18/67 resigned from force | 241 | Bob Mele | John Poliey was hired on November 14, 1967 to fill the vacancy left by Robert McIntyre. | Ed LaFrance

242: November 18, 1967 | Dave Vannoy | Mark Reisen & Neil Stewart

243: Borough officials and department members attended a dinner at West Point for the Bergen/Rockland pistol teams. Hillsdale Police received a second place award.

244: Break & Entry at the Smith School | 244 | Background: Melville Rd 1967 | 8/3/67

245: 10/31/67 | Ptl. Gary Hughes | 10-9-67 | 245

246: May 28, 1968 Sgt. Bauer's hearing was held at the Fire House, he was reduced in rank. Badge #27 later badge #1 was issued. | 246

247: Koenig's Restaurant Fire June 29, 1968 | A losing battle was fought by firemen from Westwood and Hillsdale early morning when Koenig's Manor, a landmark since the prohibition days was leveled by fire. Officials investigated the cause of the blaze. | 247

248: August 22, 1968 | 248

249: Patrolman Fred Henn 1968 | 10/29/68 | Jack Bauer | 249

250: August 29, 1968 P.U.C. Hearings | 2/15/68 D.P.W. crash | 250 | 4/16/68

251: September 10, 1968 Patrolman Reisen promoted to Sergeant | 6/21/68 | 8/6/68 | Ron Schramm | 9/22/68 Ptl. Gary Hughes | 10/9/68 | 251

252: December 10, 1968 | 252

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254: Ptl. Ray Wurst | Ptl. John Poliey | Police Applicant Physical December 10, 1968 | 254

255: "applicant"Billy Kehr | Sgt. Mark Reisen | Floyd Kehr: appointed 1/1/69 | 255

256: Chief Stoeckel being presented with a plaque which has his Chief's badge in center, on top reads, "Hillsdale Police Department" on bottom, "Chief R. Frank Stoeckel, 39 years of devoted service from members of the H.P.D. | Frank Stoeckel's Testimonial Dinner December 14, 1968 | 256

257: Left to Right-Councilman Peter Shult, Rev. Payne, Helen Stoeckel, Chief Stoeckel, President Tripucka, | Former Mayor, Jack Dowd, Monsignor Duffy, Mayor Gil Busch | 257 | Stonybrook Field Club

258: The Stewarts | The Wursts | 258

259: The Schramms | 259

260: Philip J. Varisco, who was Captain and acting Chief of Police, assumed command of the department January 1, 1969. | 260

261: December 1968 | Robert Schramm was elevated to the position of Captain from Sergeant and Ronald Schramm was promoted to Sergeant both on January 1, 1969 | Robert Schramm | Ronald Schramm | 261

262: Top Row L to R-Gary Hughes, Fred Henn, Frank Mikulski, Dave Vannoy, Ray Wurst, Robert Schoneman Middle Row-Ronald Schramm, Dave Kramer, Jack Bauer, Ed LaFrance, Robert Francaviglia, William Billera, Mark Reisen Botom Row-Vince McCarthy, Robert Schramm, Gerald Schmidt, Phil Varisco, Neil Stewart | 1969 | A NEW LOOK The Hillsdale Police Department underwent several changes during 1969. Among the more obvious was a return to the once prevalent black & white patrol car. We believe this type of patrol car to be conspicuous and recognizable to all. Constant patrol in well-marked police vehicles helps accomplish one of the primary goals of a police department, that is, prevention of crime. The standardized police uniform of light blue shirt, dark trousers and eight point cap was replaced with a more distinctive and serviceable uniform dark blue with gray striping, gray tie, and round type hat. The new uniform adds a feeling of "Espirit de Corps" and pride in the uniqueness of our department. | 262 | Mayor & Council

263: June 19, 1969 | 263

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266: Harvey Heller | Bob Mele | Joseph Buschbaum | Background: Jack Bauer & Floyd Kehr investigate a motor vehicle accident 1969 | ACCIDENT MAP 1969 | 266

267: Det. Sgt. Vince McCarthy and Ptl. Fred Henn were awarded special commendation letters for their actions in the rescue of a young motorist whose car plunged into the Pascack Brook. | 12/11/69 | Ptl. Frank Mikulski Nov.1969 | Charles Lange | 267

268: The Seventies | Population:...11,768 | Pascack Bible Church 1970

270: Ptl. Edward Gary Hughes resigned on 1/23/70 after almost nine years of service. | 270 | Pascack Bible Church construction January 1970

271: April 5, 1970 | 271

272: March 24, 1970 | 3/23/70 | Frank Mikulski | Background: Bull & Bear restaurant | 12/26/70 | 272

273: June 9, 1970 Hillsdale Police Chief Philip J. Varisco and Captain Robert Schramm are shown in their new blazer type police uniforms. The uniform of royal blue blazer, black pants, and light blue shirt will be worn by the executive officers only. The police department patch which depicts the Borough Seal is affixed to the left breast pocket. Although new to the Pascack Valley area the blazer uniform is being worn by several police departments in the United States and has been well received by both the police and the public. The new uniform is in keeping with the national trend to professionalize police departments. It has been found that police can better bridge the communication gap with the people and gain a closer relationship by appearing as part of the citizenry rather than a uniformed police officer. | The New Look | 273

274: Rodano Glove Co. Arson investigation Patterson Street October 29, 1970 | 274

275: The PBA was formed for the mutual aid, protection, welfare and advancement of its members. It promotes professionalism and other interests of police officers. The association constantly strives to create better understanding for the common interest of all police officers and the community in general. Members of the Hillsdale Police Department had always been affiliated with PBA Local #102 which encompassed 17 other towns in Bergen County. During the month of November 1970, the State PBA granted a separate charter for the Hillsdale Police Department and PBA Local #207 was formed. We believe that a PBA should serve, not only its members, but the community in general and we felt that we would be better able to direct the activities if we formed our own local. | November 20, 1970 First Elected Officers | 275

276: January 14, 1971 | 276

277: 4/16/71 | President Ray Wurst swearing in John Ditches and Rich Densberger. | Ptl. John Ditches and Richard Densberger were hired on April 20, 1970 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Ptl. Gary Hughes and to provide additional manpower to handle the ever increasing services provided by the department. | 277

278: Ptl. John Ditches placed third in scholastic rating among the class of eighty. | April 1971 | 5/14/71: Det. Sgt. McCarthy investigating a B&E, Slim Driving School 77 Brookside Pl. | Ptl. Rich Densberger | 278

279: Ptl. Ed LaFrance and Ptl. Floyd Kehr received department recognition and letters of commendation from the Mayor and Council for their alertness and good police work in the apprehension of persons who perpetrated an armed robbery at Hemme's Corner. | 6/9/71 | Ptl. Joseph Buschbaum resigned on 9/7/70 after one and a half years of service. | Right: A young Chief Stalter on scene | 279

280: The single most important item in the future of the police department is the development of a new headquarters building. The present facilities were created for a seven man department. We have more than tripled in manpower and are still housed in basically the same structure. The need for expansion was evident several years ago but other priorities forced our building program in the background. A new larger building will not only permit more efficient internal operations but will enable us to provide better service to persons visiting headquarters and assure some degree of privacy, that is now missing, for persons seeking aid. | 10/15/70 | January 1971 | 280

281: 7/7/71 | Ptl. Ray Wurst resigned on September 24, 1971 | 281

282: President: Ed LaFrance Vice Pres: Dave Kramer Treasurer: Rich Densberger State Delegate: John Ditches | Mayor John Dumphy | September 1, 1971 | 282 | 1971 MAYOR & COUNCIL | 1971 P.B.A. EXECUTIVE BOARD

283: September 9 , 1971 | 283

284: 1st row Row L to R-Lt. Ron Schramm, Capt. Robert Schramm, Chief Phil Varisco, Lt. Vince McCarthy, 2nd row-Sgt. Frank Mikulski, Sgt. Dave Vannoy, Sgt. Neil Stewart, Sgt. Robert Francaviglia, Sgt. Mark Reisen, 3rd row-Clerk Shirley Kovar, Ptl. Reiman, Ptl. John Ditches, Ptl. Bob Mele, 4th row-Ptl. John Poliey, Ptl. Rich Densberger, Ptl. Ed Lafrance, Ptl. Dave Kramer, Ptl. Bill Billera 5th row-Ptl. Walter Tholen, Ptl. Fred Henn Absent-Jack Bauer & Floyd Kehr | INSPECTION: October 1971 | 284

285: 285 | July 16, 1945-Parks & Playgrounds commission organized.

286: November 13, 1971 | The Hillsdale Police are heroes to 75 boys & girls from St. Dominic's home in Blauvelt, N.Y. The children were treated to a Yankee baseball game. | 286

287: September , 9 1971 | July 15, 1971 | 287

288: Background: Ptl. Dave Vannoy investigates a Break & Entry. | 1/2/72 | 288

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290: 11/1/71 | Green Pennant Ceremony: George White School Sgt. Mark Reisen | 290

291: Our department can point with pride to the fact that we now have an F.B.I. National Academy graduate. He happens to be our Chief of Police, Philip J. Varisco. To the best of our knowledge, he is the first and only graduate in Pascack Valley. His schooling consisted of 12 weeks of intensive training. He was given instruction in such fields as police-community relations, civil disturbances, police management, police ethics, criminology, sociology, and psychology. He was also schooled in the latest methods and trends in crime detection and investigative procedure. We look upon this accomplishment as another step forward for Hillsdale and added prestige for our department. | 87 session | The annual Commissioner's trophy was retired in 1972 as it was titled Bergen-Rockland Police Pistol League and the purpose for which it was established has been sponsored by another organization for this new league. | 291

292: Present site of Borough Hall Hillsdale Ave. & Central Ave. | 2/18/72 | F.D. Drill on home before destruction | 292

293: 293 | 4/30/72 | 4/20/72 | Patrolman William Billera resigned on March 31, 1972 after completing 4 years and 6 months service. | In 1972, Ptl. Jack Bauer was commended for his dedication, enthusiasm and faithful service during his 20 year s on the Department.

294: Annual Inspection May 20, 1972 | Top Row: From Left To Right- Bob Mele, John Ditches, Bob Buesser, Rich Densberger, Floyd Kehr, Don Reiman, Fred Henn, John Poliey, Jim Tobin, Ed LaFrance, Dave Kramer Bottom Row-Dave Vannoy, Neil Stewart, Ronald Schramm, Chief Varisco, Robert Schramm, Vince McCarthy, Mark Reisen, Robert Francaviglia | 294

295: Top Row: From Left to Right- Rich Seubert, Arthur Wagner, Harvey Heller Bottom Row: Ted Johansmeyer, Michael Manzo, unknown, Ray Thomas, Tom Jeffries, Louis Amorati, Al Matregrano | Auxiliary Police | 295

296: The Cd-DC Police Reserves continued to expand during the year 1972. Five new men were accepted into the organization. All were thoroughly processed and met the stringent requirements for applicants. The group continued it's training program by attending the training school in Paramus, N.J. In addition to this, the Reserves have increased their own schedule from once a month meeting and training sessions to two a month, with guest lecturers. It has become a familiar sight to see the Reserves riding around during the weekends to give that extra pair of eyes to the Regulars. | CIVIL DEFENSE-DISASTER AUXILIARY POLICE | 296

297: Sergeant Mark Reisen terminated his employment on 6/21/72 after 8 years and 3 months with the department. | James Tobin was hired on 2/28/72 while William Johnson and Richard Deming were hired on May 29, 1972 | Patrolman Tobin graduating Basic Training at Sea Girt. | 6/13/72: Ed LaFrance presenting Mark Reisen a plaque for his service at a party thrown in his honor | 6/16/72 | William Johnson | 297

298: On June 30, 1972, Sgt. Neil Stewart completed a 40 hour course in the operation of the breathalyzer given by the New Jersey State Police and was certified as a qualified operator. The training consisted of work and lectures in medicine, anatomy, physics, electronics and the metric system. | BREATHALYZER | 298 | Background: Bergen County Police Academy

299: 7/6/72 | Patrolman Frederick Henn resigned form the department on 9/8/72 just prior to completing his 5th year. | Fabio Parente was employed on August 28, 1972 | 299

300: Heavy rains didn't dampen the spirits of Hillsdale Borough officials at the ground breaking ceremony for the new municipal building. Shortly after 2:30 PM on Sunday, October 29, 1972 Mayor Englander turned over the first shovel of earth thus taking the first step in construction of the new Municipal Building. | From left to right- Mayor Richard Enlgander, Councilman Richard Ryan, C. Krafte, E.S. Halloran,Chief of Police P. Varisco, Councilman J. Koehler, Judge B. Dorfman and Councilman Thomas Misciagna | October 29, 1972 | GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY FOR NEW BOROUGH HALL | 300

301: 12/1/72 | 12/14/72 | As a result of a promotional examination conducted by the Chief's of Police Association, consisting of both written and oral interviews, Patrolman John Poliey was elevated to the rank of Sergeant on November 27, 1972 | 301 | Above:Sgt. John Poliey being congratulated by Mayor Englander and Commissioner Kraft. Right: Sgt. Poliey with his proud wife, Elaine.

302: December 22, 1972 | Hillsdale Ave. & Kinderkamack Rd. | 302

303: 3/21/73 | 4/18/73 | 3/22/73 | 303

304: 3/15/73 | 6/30/73 | 5/23/73 | In March 1973, Captain Robert Schramm graduated with the 92nd Session and in addition to the graduation certificate was awarded the John Edgar Hoover Certificate of Scholastic Excellence for maintaining a straight A average in all aspects of training. | Sgt. Francaviglia | 304

305: April 19, 1973 | Original Blotter Entry 6:58 p.m. | 305

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307: John Carty | 307

308: The Metropolitan Crime Clinic presented two awards to the department for the investigation of the McGowan-DÁAlessandro case. | 308

309: 1973 H.P.D. Fleet | 309

310: 6/8/73 | 310

311: With our new Police Headquarters presently under construction and soon to be a reality, we have taken a giant step forward. This year with our new facility we envision obtaining much modern equipment heretofore impractical due to lack of space. Teletype, a necessary aid to communication will be installed. This will place us in contact with police agencies throughout the country. Our telephone switchboard will be the latest innovative equipment available from N.J. Bell, capable of receiving and sending twice the present number of calls. | Our Detective and Juvenile personnel will have their own offices for privacy and space for their records. We have two detention cells which have been sorely needed. There will be many changes, too numerous to mention. Better working conditions make for greater efficiency and pride. I am sure our citizenry will reap the fruits of our joint efforts. My Department and I are looking forward to our new home with great expectations. Chief Varisco | Original plans for new Police Department | 311

312: 8/27/73 | On May 11, 1973, the Hillsdale Police Department Traffic Bureau officially went into operation on a full time basis. | 312

313: Borough Hall Demolition February 26, 1974 | 313

314: Chief Phil Varisco | Lt. Vincent McCarthy | Lt. Ronald Schramm | Sgt. Neil Stewart | Sgt. Robert Francaviglia | Sgt. John Poliey | Sgt. Dave Vannoy | Capt. Robert Schramm | Sgt. Frank Mikulski | 1973 | 314

315: Top Row L to R- Bob Buesser, Walt Tholen, Don Reiman, Ed LaFrance, Jack Bauer, Jim Tobin, Fabio Parente Bottom Row-Floyd Kehr, Rich Densberger, Bill Johnson, Rich Deming, Bob Mele | Bob Francaviglia Dave Kramer Rich Densberger | Clerk: Shirley Kovar | Detective Bureau | 315

316: P.B.A. Local 207 Executive Board | President: Ed LaFrance | Vice President: Floyd Kehr | Treasurer: Rich Densberger | 316

317: Bottom Row- left to Right-Lt. Vince McCarthy, Capt. Tom Jefferys, Thomas Clarke, Lt. Al Matregrano Top Row- Martin Hynekamp, Louis Amorati, Abe Fitchenbaum, Sgt.Robert Miller, Sgt. Ray Thomas, Peter Ubachs, Michael Manzo | POLICE AUXILARY 1973 | 317

318: Louis Amorati | Peter Ubachs | Abe Fichenbaum | Academy Graduation | Sgt. Ray Thomas | Michael Manzo | Lt.Al Matregrano | Capt. Tom Jeffries | AUXILIARY POLICE | 318

319: Top Row Left To Right:Richard Bishop, John Bruggerman, Harry Christian Middle Row-unknown, Louis Velez, Abe Fitchenbaum, Peter Ubachs Bottom Row- Louis Amorati, Mike Kurg, Martin Hynekamp | AUXILARY POLICE | 319

320: 1973 SPECIAL POLICE: Left To Right-R. Seubert, Harvey Heller, Pete Hard, Arthur Wagner, Melvin Bower, W. Diamond, Robert Schoneman | The special police serve as a supplement force to assist the regular and uniformed force at sports events and social activities as well as extra men occasionally needed for patrol duties. Each special officer is selected for intelligence and physical ability. This is essential to continued enforcement and protection of the community. Each officer has received specialized training in law, firearms and other skills needed to perform his duties in a professional manner. | 320

321: Sgt. Mikulski, the Police Reserves and members of the PTA conduct bicycle inspections at the A.B. Smith School | SPECIAL POLICE | Peter Hard | Harvey Heller | Arthur Wagner | William Diamond | Robert Schoneman | Rich Suebert | Melvin Bower | Herman Reimers | 321

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323: 6/18/73 | 323

324: October 28,1973 Dedication of the new Municipal Building | 324

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326: Dress Review & Inspection October 28, 1973 Regular &Auxiliary Officers | 326

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328: P.B.A. President John Ditches at podium-Ptl. Floyd Kehr presenting print to Chief Variscio | At the dedication ceremonies of the new municipal building, Local #207 presented an artist's copy of the painting "RESTRICTIONS", by John Petri, to Police Chief Varisco The original painting is valued at $60,000 and hangs in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It has been dedicated to all Law Enforcement Officers by Mr. Petri who explained the "Restrictions" are so many ways by society and is a reminder to all mankind that justice can only be served if law officers are unrestricted to perform their duty. | 328 | RESTRICTIONS

329: Jim Tobin, Walt Tholen, William Johnson | HONOR GUARD | 329

330: Left to Right-Mayor Englander, Council people:Charles Morra, Richard Ryan, Thomas Misciagna, Edna Halloran | Chief Varisco, Conrad Krafte, George St. John | 380 Hillsdale Avenue | 330

331: Regular duties for the Police Reserve includes: having two men in attendance every court night, manning the traffic booth every Sunday, relieving the regular officers from bicycle inspection every month, issuing Borough parking stickers, and assisting at Fire Department drills. In 1973, Police Reserves assisted with the two floods experienced during the year, the tragic homicide where the entire corps responded for search details and stood watch for seven nights at the homes of families involved. | Lt. McCarthy, presents Aux. Officer Abe Fichtenbaum a commendation. | 331 | AUXILARY POLICE

332: January 17, 1974: The Hillsdale Police Department began operations from the new police headquarters. | Ptl. Ditches & Sgt. Francaviglia | 332

333: Patrolman Parente manning the police booth | 333

334: In 1974, P.B.A. Local #207 sponsored a Little League Baseball Team in addition to a Girl's Softball League. | 3/20/74 | 334 | FOR PACK EQUIPMENT

335: Left to Right-Ed Lafrance, Billy Kehr, James Tobin, Billy Johnson, Rich Densberger, Fabio Parente, Frank Mikulski | Hillsdale Police Pistol Team | 7/25/74 | 335 | For the second consecutive year, the Hillsdale Police Department Pistol Team had an undefeated season. High scorers seen right are, left to right: Ptl. Floyd Kehr, Ptl. James Tobin, Sgt. John Poliey (team captain), Sgt. Frank Mikulski, and Ptl. William Johnson. | TOP SHOOTERS

336: Fabio Parente | 4/7/74 | 336

337: Father Carney was the first appointed Chaplain of the Hillsdale Police Department and was often called upon in times of need. He was a willing and understanding adviser and his steadying influence was a comfort in times of stress. | 337 | December 13, 1925: St. John the Baptist R.C. Church dedicated.

338: Patrolman John Ditches on desk duty | 338

339: Officers on foot patrol will be seen carrying the newly developed "Aerotron" walkie-talkies. This compact transmitter/receiver enables the man on foot to maintain continuous contact with the police desk and also with other officers in patrol cars. Not only is this a safety measure for the lone officer but the rapid communication has aided the apprehension of offenders. | Patrolman Jack Bauer #1 | 339

340: Consists of three detectives, operates both a criminal and a juvenile bureau. The division is responsible for conducting and coordinating all criminal and juvenile investigations in the two bureaus. | The Detective Division | Det. David Kramer | Det.Rich Densberger | Ptl. Bob Buesser | 340

341: 10/19/73 : Lt. McCarthy presenting a film on the subject, The Lost Child. | Lt. Ronald Schramm | Capt. Robert Schramm | 341

342: Identi-Kit | Ptl. Walt Tholen | Traffic Division: Patrolman Jim Tobin | Patrolman Floyd Kehr | Sgt. Robert Fracaviglia | 342

343: The use of selective enforcement, especially radar, has been increased and proven effective since the Traffic Bureau's inception. | Radar unit: sentry SR-8 | Sgt. Frank Mikulski | 343

344: Motorized equipment in 1974 consisted of four marked patrol cars and two unmarked vehicles for investigative and administrative purposes. | 344

345: Ptl. Bill Johnson | Ptl. Richard Deming | Det. Rich Densberger | Vehicle equipment | 345

346: Ptl. Edward LaFrance | Ptl. Robert Mele: Department photographer | 346

347: Ptl. Deming using a call box to contact headquarters. | 347 | Hillsdale Avenue

348: August 24, 1974 Physical Agility test conducted at Pascack Valley High School | Left To Right-Bill Johnson, Bob Buesser, Jim Tobin | 348

349: Donald Galgano, who took part in this physical fitness test, went on to become Chief of Police in Haworth, N.J. | 349

350: John Ditches P.B.A. Delegate | Rich Densberger P.B.A. President | Chief Varisco investigates a motor vehicle accident | 350 | Lt. Vince McCarthy

351: The Hillsdale Police Department conducts guided tours of the facility by uniformed officers who explain the various types of equipment and procedures and answers innumerable questions. The guided tour of headquarters has been a standard activity for scout groups of all ages and both sexes who are working toward merit badges or just looking for a change of routine during their meetings. | 351 | 10/30/74

352: December 26, 1974 | Ptl. Jack Bauer | Bob Buesser | 352

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354: The year of 1974 will long be remembered in the Borough of Hillsdale as one of turmoil within our police department. For the first time we witnessed demonstrations, sustained a blue-flu and weathered a summons blitz. Labor and management were adamant in their positions as to the conditions of a working contract. It became difficult to fulfill the police mission with some degree of normality while attempting to satisfy the needs of the organization and its personnel. Police services must continue on a daily basis and for the most part did. Management had the difficult task of maintaining some semblance of order and assuring services. I'm aware that animosities have been created. It is my fervent wish that the coming year will bring us back to the road of recovery. What is needed at this time is a realistic approach to the problems at hand, a willingness to give and take by both parties and an understanding of the rights of others. Negotiators must be flexible and patient with the sincere desire to serve and make all parties pleased with outcome of their efforts. Respectfully, Philip J. Varisco Philip J. Varisco Chief of Police | Gentleman: | 354

355: 2/25/75 | Frank Mikulski & Floyd Kehr | 355

356: On November 7th, Ptl. James Tobin attended ceremonies at the Bergen County Police Academy where he was awarded a Meritorious Service Award by the Bergen County Police Chief's Association for his actions in confronting and controlling an armed suspect during the investigation of a shooting incident. | 8/27/75 | 11/12/75 | April 18, 1975:Above, Ptl. William Lutz graduated from a ten week basic training as the New Jersey State Police Academy, Sea Girt. | 356

357: D.P.W. inspection 6/10/72 | 357 | 1925-First assigned Road Department organized with Axel Gufstafson using wheel barrow and hand tools.

358: During graduation ceremonies of the 102 session of the F.B.I. National Academy at Quantico, Virgina, September 25, 1975, F.B.I. director, presenting a diploma to Det. Sgt. Vincent McCarthy. | 358

359: 8/7/75 | 5/14/75 | 359 | FIGHT CRIME: Sergeant Poliey and Officer LaFrance of the Hillsdale Police Department are seen here with a demonstration lock used in the Burglary Prevention program given by officers in Hillsdale.

360: Jack Bauer's retirement party | Neil Stewart tending bar in Chief Varisco's basement. | P.B.A. President Rich Densberger presents Jack Bauer with a retirement plaque | May 19, 1976 | 360

361: Ed LaFrance, Gerry Schmidt & Jack Bauer | 361

362: June 8, 1976

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364: July 4 Bicentennial Celebration_ Policing the celebration required the combined efforts of our Regular, Special and Reserve Officers. Activities included parades, amusement rides, colonial military demonstrations, outdoor sales booths, and a giant fireworks display. | Ptl. Tobin 7/4/76 | Ptl. Reiman | Ptl. Lutz | 364

365: 2-76 | 9/10/76 | 365 | Lou Amorati | 8-76

366: Rich Densberger's car | 366

367: Jack Bauer's car | Criminal Mischief | 367 | Jack Bauer's car

368: Bottom Row- Left To Right: William Diamond, Peter Hard, Mel Bower, Jerry Vitti Top Row-Left To Right-John Verrengia, Police Explorers, Arthur Wagner | SPECIAL POLICE | September 4, 1976 | 368

369: 10/14/76 | 9/12/76 | 369

370: Stonybrook Field Club | 370 | November 1976

371: Left To Right-Harry Christian, Shirley Kovar, John Bruggerman, Abe Fichenbaum , Joan Duelfer, Richard Hirsch | HILLSDALE POLICE RESERVE OFFICERS | 371

372: Richard Hirsch | Martin Hynekamp | Richard Bishop | John Bruggerman | Thomas Clarke | Harry Christian | Tony Baffa | 372

373: George Lucia | Louis Velez | Dottie McCall | Abe Fitchenbaum | Peter Ubachs | Mike Kurg | Donald Kuhn | 373

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375: 1/21/77 | 375

376: Bottom Row Left to Right: Ronald Schramm, Robert Schramm, Phil Varisco, Vincent McCarthy 2nd Row-Jim Tobin, John Poliey, Robert Francaviglia, Dave Kramer, Frank Mikulski, Neil Stewart, Walt Tholen 3rd Row-Don Reimen, Ed LaFrance, John Ditches, Rich Deming, Fabio Parente 4th Row- Bob Mele, Rich Densberger, Billy Kehr, Shirley Kovar, Bob Buesser | May 30 | 376 | MEMORIAL DAY 1977

377: 8/10/77 | 3/27/77 | 377 | 1977 AAA Pedestrian Safety award

378: 11/13/77 | 12/14/77 | 378

379: 379 | Background:Mayor & Council

380: Peter Hard | Peter Leighton | Sue Hayn | 5/1/77 | 380

381: December 28, 1977 | Patrolman Jim Tobin on desk duty | 381

382: 3/19/78 | 382

383: Criminal Mischief

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385: 3/30/78 | 6/17/78 | 11/11/78 | 1978 EXTREME CRASHES | 385

386: 5/12/78 | 4/7/78 | 11/3/78 | 386

387: 8/20/78 | 8/17/78 | 8/31/78 | 387

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389: On November 27th, the Bergen County Police Chief's Association presented awards to three of our members for their contributions to Law Enforcement. Ptl. Ed LaFrance received an Honorable Service medal for Exceptional Police Work when he steadfastly pursued a burglary investigation until it led to the arrest of the burglars and recovery of much of the stolen property. Ptl. Bill Johnson also received an Honorable Service medal for Exceptional police work when his diligent investigation of a series of auto thefts resulted in the identification and arrest of the thief. Ptl. Brain Collier received a Citation Award for outstanding performance of duty as a probationary patrolman which included effecting multiple arrests for violations of narcotic drug laws. | 11/17/78 | 12/15/78

390: Explorer Post #207 is sponsered by the local chapter of the Policemaen's Benevolent Association whose current President, Rich Densberger, chartered the Post three years ago. Under the guidence and leadership of Ptl. Johnson and Ptl. Hard the Explorers have become valuable assistants to both this department and the community. | Explorer Captain Alfred Getler was an accomplished ventriloquist and with the aid of his dummy, "Paul Donohue" he made a lecture enjoyable for all. | One of the most successful programs was the Explorer Scouting for youngsters between 14 and 21 years of age. These are young men and women who seriously contemplate a career in Law Enforcement. As Explorers, they have direct contact with everyday police services, receive some training in basic police procedures and actually participate in policing activities. After several years experience, they will have a relatively complete picture of Law Enforcement. | 2/2/79 | 3/16/79 | 390

391: 6/15/79 | 3/23/79 | 4/20/79 | 391

392: June 7, 1979 | 392

393: June 22, 1979 | Albert Maalouf | Drew Krafte | 3/30/79 | SPECIAL OFFICERS | 393

394: Hurricane David struck Hillsdale. The police desk recorded 1,650 calls of tress down, power lines down, roads blocked and traffic problems. Regular, Special, Reserve and Explorers worked 116 hours extra hours. There was extensive property damage loss but no reports of serious personal injury. | September 6, 1979 | HURRICANE DAVID | 394

395: Six Department members, Capt. Robert Schramm, Sgt. Frank Mikulski, Ptl. Floyd Kehr, Det. Robert Buesser, Ptl. William Johnson, and Ptl. Peter Hard, contributed several hundred hours of their personal time to serve as coaches with the newly- formed Hillsdale Hawks Junior Football Team. None of these men have children participating in the program. They are involved solely for the benefit of the community and their players. | 395

396: November 1, 1979 | Ptl. Collier carrying the remains of a guitar in his hand | 396

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398: 11-30-79 AAA Pedestrian Safety award | Background: 11/30/79 | 11/20/79 | 398

399: While putting this book together, sadly, two of our beloved retired members: Former Chief Philip Varisco, and former Lieutenant Vincent McCarthy passed away both in 2012. I'm happy to say, I had great conversations with them regarding their fond memories as police officers. I hope this book will serve as a permanent memorial to them and all of the other deceased members of the Hillsdale Police Department. | Lord I ask for courage Courage to face and Conquer my own fears... Courage to take me Where others will not go... I ask for strength Strength of body to protect others And strength of spirit to lead others... I ask for dedication Dedication to my job, to do it well Dedication to my community To keep it safe... Give me Lord, concern For others who trust me And compassion for those who need me... And please Lord Through it all Be at my side... -Author Unknown \ | A POLICE OFFICER'S PRAYER | 399

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