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SLIDE SHOW: Bergen 'Chief For A Day' Event Brings Joy To Ailing Children

Bergen County Chief For A Day 2016
Bergen County Chief For A Day 2016 Video Credit: Daily Voice
Fairview "Chief For a Day" Diego Estrada with Police Chief Martin Kahn
Fairview "Chief For a Day" Diego Estrada with Police Chief Martin Kahn Photo Credit: COURTESY: Fairview Police Chief Martin Kahn
East Rutherford Police Chief Larry Minda with Vanessa Uribe-Garcia and her family.
East Rutherford Police Chief Larry Minda with Vanessa Uribe-Garcia and her family. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Humberto Portal is sworn is as Garfield Police "Chief For a Day."
Humberto Portal is sworn is as Garfield Police "Chief For a Day." Photo Credit: Twitter
Montvale Police "Chief For a Day" Eva Martinez takes Police Chief Jeremy Abrams's chair.
Montvale Police "Chief For a Day" Eva Martinez takes Police Chief Jeremy Abrams's chair. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Montvale Mayor Mike Ghassali
Carlstadt "Chief For a Day" Isaiah O'Leary with Police Chief Thomas Nielsen
Carlstadt "Chief For a Day" Isaiah O'Leary with Police Chief Thomas Nielsen Photo Credit: COURTESY: Kelly O'Leary
Bergenfield Police Chief Cathy Madalone with Chief Giselle Nunez.
Bergenfield Police Chief Cathy Madalone with Chief Giselle Nunez. Photo Credit: BergenfieldPD Twitter
Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler with his "Chief For A Day" Samantha Maniscalco.
Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler with his "Chief For A Day" Samantha Maniscalco. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino with his "Chief For A Day" Justin Pagan.
Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino with his "Chief For A Day" Justin Pagan. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino (right) with his "Chief For A Day," Justin Pagan and Park Ridge Police Chief Joseph Madden.
Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino (right) with his "Chief For A Day," Justin Pagan and Park Ridge Police Chief Joseph Madden. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Members of the Paramus Police Department with their "Chief For A Day," Neha Kurian.
Members of the Paramus Police Department with their "Chief For A Day," Neha Kurian. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Fort Lee Chief Keith M. Bendul with "Chief For a Day" Briana Lopez.
Fort Lee Chief Keith M. Bendul with "Chief For a Day" Briana Lopez. Photo Credit: Facebook
North Arlington Police Chief John Hearn swears in Dante Basciano as chief for a day.
North Arlington Police Chief John Hearn swears in Dante Basciano as chief for a day. Photo Credit: Facebook
Fair Lawn Mayor John Cosgrove swears in David Hickey as Police Chief For a Day.
Fair Lawn Mayor John Cosgrove swears in David Hickey as Police Chief For a Day. Photo Credit: Facebook
After being sworn in as Emerson's police chief for a day, Hugh Hennessey named his sister, Emma, captain. Here with their dad and Police Chief Donald Rossi.
After being sworn in as Emerson's police chief for a day, Hugh Hennessey named his sister, Emma, captain. Here with their dad and Police Chief Donald Rossi. Photo Credit: Brian Downing
Hugh Hennessey is sworn in as Emerson's Police "Chief For A Day."
Hugh Hennessey is sworn in as Emerson's Police "Chief For A Day." Photo Credit: Brian Downing
On June 3, 27 Bergen County Police Departments took part in "Chief For A Day."
On June 3, 27 Bergen County Police Departments took part in "Chief For A Day." Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Teaneck Police Chief Robert A. Carney helps Everette Negrin settle in.
Teaneck Police Chief Robert A. Carney helps Everette Negrin settle in. Photo Credit: Teaneck Police Department
Everette Negrin is greeted by Teaneck officials before starting his day as "chief."
Everette Negrin is greeted by Teaneck officials before starting his day as "chief." Photo Credit: Teaneck Police Department

Nearly two dozen children with chronic health conditions from across Bergen County got to serve as Police “Chief for a Day” for their towns on Friday.

The sixth annual event, sponsored by Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino, included motorcade rides to the steps of the county courthouse in Hackensack for the youngsters, aged six to 15.

Each got his or her own uniform at the various agencies, including the sheriff’s and prosecutor’s offices.

The youngsters included Diego Estrada of Fairview, who has a rare blood disorder that causes him to age rapidly .

"In 22-plus years in law enforcement, this one day stands at the very top," Fairview Police Chief Martin Kahn said. "So humbling when you can have an impact on a child's life."

Saudino, a former Emerson police chief, created “Chief for a Day” with a modest number of chiefs and other officers soon after becoming sheriff.

The event quickly became one of the most popular outings in the county.

A host of businesses contributed the uniforms, plaques, meals and other amenities that go with the special behind-the-scenes look that the children and their families got into the inner workings of law enforcement.

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The "Chief For a Day" participants:

  • Bergen County Sheriff's Office — Justin Pagan
  • Bergen County Prosecutor's Office — Mason Kidd
  • Bergenfield Police Department — Gisselle Nunez
  • Carlstadt Police Department — Isaiah O'Leary
  • East Rutherford Police Department — Vanessa Uribe-Garcia
  • Elmwood Park Police Department — Gavon Cheski
  • Emerson Police Department — Hugh Hennessey
  • Englewood Cliffs Police Department — Jun Chul Shin
  • Fair Lawn Police Department — David Hickey
  • Fairview Police Department — Diego Estrada
  • Fort Lee Police Department — Briana Lopez
  • Garfield Police Department — Humberto Portal
  • Hasbrouck Heights Police Department — Jack Oettinger
  • Haworth Police Department — Brennon McGoldrick
  • Montvale Police Department — Eva Martinez
  • Moonachie Police Department — Jacob Inoue
  • North Arlington Police Department — Dante Basciano
  • Paramus Police Department — Neha Kurian
  • Park Ridge Police Department — Alexander Hermann
  • Rutherford Police Department — Jack Boylan
  • Saddle Brook Police Department — Samantha Maniscalco
  • Teaneck Police Department — Everette Negrin
  • Upper Saddle River Police Department — Brian Derek Baron
  • Wallington Police Department — Amelia Rowniewski
  • Westwood Police Department — Tyler Gehringer
  • Woodcliff Lake Police Department — Jack Albanese

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