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Rotary Club Presents West Caldwell Police With Service Above Self Award

Police department recognized by Rotary Club of the Caldwells for relief efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

The Rotary Club of the Caldwells presented the Service Above Self Award to the West Caldwell Police Department Tuesday during the club's weekly lunch meeting at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

The police department was recognized for collecting and delivering more than nine truckloads of relief items to survivors of Superstorm Sandy in South Jersey in November. 

In the days after the historic storm devasted coastal regions of the state, West Caldwell Police officers converted a vacant storefront into a drop-off center for donations. For more than a week, employees of the department volunteered their time unloading cars, sorting donations, packing boxes and filling pallets.

This is the 17th year the Rotary presents the award for service in the community, and the first time it goes to a group rather than an individual, according to Rotarian Sam Kent.

Kent said the address of the empty commercial space on Bloomfield Avenue was appropriately "911."

West Caldwell Police Det. Paul Mazzeo, who spearheaded the project along with Det. Sgt. Shaun O'Dowd, thanked the Rotary for the honor and said the police department could not have acted alone. 

"It was [possible] with the great help of the community and a lot of the businesses," he said. 

The Rotary Club of the Caldwells celebrated 60 years in the community in 2011.

Cj February 05, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Awesome they certainly deserve this. WCPD did a great job. This was really something I hope most residents got to see. Our police helping so many people. Thank you and Congratulations
Michael M February 07, 2013 at 01:42 AM
It's nice to see WCPD being honored. Not only did they help the men and women of West Caldwell. But represented our town with class and honor by helping other communities during a time if great loss for New Jersey. Class organization from top to bottom

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