MADD honors Union City, West New York, Fairview officers

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Jorge Porres, right, with NJSP Col. Fuentes

Union City Police Officer Jorge Porres was among dozens of law enforcement officers statewide honored this morning by the New Jersey chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Porres joined West New York’s Timothy Letavish, Fairview’s John Pierotti, and the Port Authority’s Edwin Berdecia, all patrolmen, as well as River Vale Sgt. Robert Ryan, as the local officers receiving honors for their work in saving and protecting lives by removing drunk drivers from the roadways.

Survivors of drunk driving accidents that killed loved ones presented the citations.

“People are never going to know about the lives that you saved,” State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes told the gathering of uniformed officers — including 30 of his own troopers — at the ceremony in South Brunswick’s Monmouth Junction.

Those troopers alone, several from Troop A, accounted for nearly 900 arrests last year, the colonel said.

Amid the survivors who joined the officers for the tribute breakfast at Pierre’s Restaurant was Pam Fisher, director of the N.J. Division of Highway Traffic Safety, whose car was struck by a drunk-driver’s years ago. Keep reading→

(Photo by Jerry DeMarco. All rights reserved.)

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