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Posted on: March 20, 2017

Irish Heritage Honorees from Passaic County 2017

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PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS in recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions made by many exceptional Irish-Americans over the years, the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic deems it fitting and appropriate, at this time, to recognize Chief Brian J. McDermott as “IRISH MAN OF THE YEAR;” and

WHEREAS Brian J. McDermott is the son of Neil and Agnes, his roots in Ireland run deep and began in the Central and Southern Counties of Galway, Cork and Roscommon; and
WHEREAS Brian J. McDermott became a Paterson Firefighter in 1995 and has humbly served the citizens of Paterson for 22 years; and

WHEREAS Brian J. McDermott has always been proud of his Irish heritage and in 1996, encouraged by his Battalion Chief Terry Pellegrino, took up the Bagpipes with his brother Keith, where they became Charter members of the then “Passaic County Emerald Society Police & Fire Pipes and Drums” and he led the band as their Pipe Major from 2001-2006; and

WHEREAS Brian J. McDermott has shown passion and dedication to the City of Paterson where he is currently a Deputy Chief, he has been recognized for bravery on multiple occasions throughout his career, beginning with Firefighter of the Year in 1996 and recently, he was recognized throughout the State for his role in a team effort to rescue two young men from the icy waters of the Passaic River; and

WHEREAS Brian J. McDermott graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Fire Service Administration to further his dedication to the fire service; and

WHEREAS Brian J. McDermott has always been involved in the community, he runs the local “Championship” travel softball program year round where he helps to form young athletes; and

WHEREAS Brian J. McDermott loves to boast about his family, his wife Shannon and three daughters; Ashley, Anna and Katie are the light of his life, and his brothers Kevin, Keith and Scott, all public servants, helped to mold him into what he is today, he would be lost without knowing the Langevin family and he believes that the love from his mother and father are carried on through their four Irish sons and will always represent his family name well; and

WHEREAS Chief Brian J. McDermott is a unique and most respected colleague, associate and friend of many persons within the County of Passaic, and he has brought honor and prestige not only to himself but to Passaic County as well, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to him;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that it hereby publicly recognizes Chief Brian J. McDermott as “IRISH MAN OF THE YEAR” for the significant contributions he has made, and the exemplary service he has unselfishly devoted to the County of Passaic; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board extends its sincere best wishes to him for continued success.

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PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS in recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions made by many exceptional Irish-Americans over the years, the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic deems it fitting and appropriate, at this time, to recognize Christopher J. Burgos as “IRISH MAN OF THE YEAR;” and

WHEREAS Christopher J. Burgos was born in the South Bronx to Basil and Jennie (McNamee) Burgos, his maternal Grandfather Andrew Thomas McNamee emigrated from County Meath, Ireland, via Glascow, Scotland, in 1923 to live and settle with family in America; and

WHEREAS Christopher J. Burgos was raised in Pompton Lakes, he attended Montclair State College, and was employed in several locations in Passaic County before attending and graduating from the New Jersey State Police Academy; and

WHEREAS Christopher J. Burgos served as a “General Road Duty Trooper” working at various stations throughout the State, he is an active union member, and elected office holder in the State Troopers Fraternal Association (STFA), where he served in many capacities and currently holds the rank of “Trooper 1” and he has served as the Association’s President for the past six years; and

WHEREAS Christopher J. Burgos served as the STFA Coordinator for 9/11 World Trade Center Volunteer recovery details to Ground Zero and he was the Coordinator for “Operation Louisiana Emergency Assistance Detail” after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, he also led relief efforts for affected members and communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy; and

WHERAS Christopher J. Burgos is an advocate for New Jersey Troopers both at home, in Trenton and Washington DC, and has been instrumental in securing the passage of laws benefiting them and those who have served in the U.S. Military; and

WHEREAS Christopher J. Burgos currently resides in Manahawkin, Ocean County, New Jersey with his wife Diane Parrella Burgos, daughter Caroline, and son Jack; and

WHEREAS Christopher J. Burgos is a unique and most respected colleague, associate and friend of many persons within the County of Passaic, and he has brought honor and prestige not only to himself but to Passaic County as well, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to him;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that it hereby publicly recognizes Christopher J. Burgos as “IRISH MAN OF THE YEAR” for the significant contributions he has made, and the exemplary service he has unselfishly devoted to the County of Passaic; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board extends its sincere best wishes to him for continued success.

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PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS in recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions made by many exceptional Irish-Americans over the years, the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic deems it fitting and appropriate, at this time, to recognize Captain John Phalen as “IRISH MAN OF THE YEAR;” and

WHEREAS Captain John Phalen is of Irish descent, he was born and raised in Paterson; and

WHEREAS Captain John Phalen was hired by the Paterson Police Department on June 28, 1984 and after graduating the Police Academy was assigned to various patrol functions; and

WHEREAS Captain John Phalen was assigned to the Narcotics Division as a Detective in 1988, and he was assigned to the Major Crimes Division in 1998 as a Detective, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2000, promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2006 and to the rank of Captain in 2016 where he is currently assigned to the Patrol Division; and

WHEREAS Captain John Phalen is a graduate of Seton Hall University where he earned a Master’s Degree; and

WHEREAS Captain John Phalen has numerous family members from the past and present who have served and/or are serving in the Paterson Police Department, he is a second-generation Police Officer for the City of Paterson, his father retired as a Paterson Police Lieutenant (Lt. John J. Phalen); and

WHEREAS Captain John Phalen is married to Captain Lourdes Phalen, who also serves on the Paterson Police Force; and

WHEREAS Captain John Phalen is a unique and most respected colleague, associate and friend of many persons within the County of Passaic, and he has brought honor and prestige not only to himself but to Passaic County as well, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to him;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that it hereby publicly recognizes Captain John Phalen as “IRISH MAN OF THE YEAR” for the significant contributions he has made, and the exemplary service he has unselfishly devoted to the County of Passaic; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board extends its sincere best wishes to him for continued success.

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PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS in recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions made by many exceptional Irish-Americans over the years, the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic deems it fitting and appropriate, at this time, to recognize Kevin J. Hanrahan as “IRISH MAN OF THE YEAR;” and

WHEREAS Kevin J. Hanrahan’s Irish Heritage can be traced back to County Clare in Ireland; and

WHEREAS Kevin J. Hanrahan, son of a Paterson bar owner, was born in the city and lived there until the age of 11, when he moved to Hawthorne, he is currently a resident of the Borough of Ringwood where he has resided for over 22 years, and he is a lifelong resident of Passaic County; and

WHEREAS Kevin J. Hanrahan graduated from Hawthorne High School and is currently attending Fairleigh Dickinson University where he is in the process of earning his bachelor’s degree; and

WHEREAS Kevin J. Hanrahan began his law enforcement career in 1983 with the Passaic County Park Police before its merger with the Sheriff’s Department; and

WHEREAS Kevin J. Hanrahan joined the New Jersey State Police in 1985 and is a 32 year veteran of the New Jersey State Police where he is a Lieutenant assigned as the Assistant Bureau Chief of the Marine Services Bureau, Special Operations Section; and

WHEREAS Kevin J. Hanrahan has been involved in many heroic acts, he was a first responder to the World Trade Center terrorist attacks in 2001 where he spent a lot of time with the rescue and recovery efforts, and during his career he has recognized for saving three lives; and

WHEREAS Kevin J. Hanrahan is a unique and most respected colleague, associate and friend of many persons within the County of Passaic, and he has brought honor and prestige not only to himself but to Passaic County as well, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to him;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that it hereby publicly recognizes Kevin J. Hanrahan as “IRISH MAN OF THE YEAR” for the significant contributions he has made, and the exemplary service he has unselfishly devoted to the County of Passaic; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board extends its sincere best wishes to him for continued success.

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PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS in recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions made by many exceptional Irish-Americans over the years, the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic deems it fitting and appropriate, at this time, to recognize Chief Troy Oswald as “IRISH MAN OF THE YEAR;” and

WHEREAS Chief Troy Oswald became a Police Officer in 1988 for the Township of West Caldwell and later joined the City of Paterson Police Department in 1992; and

WHEREAS Chief Troy Oswald received a degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University and later earned his Master’s Degree in Education, Human Development and Supervision from Seton Hall University; and

WHEREAS Chief Troy Oswald was a Professor at Passaic County Community College for over 10 years teaching Criminal Justice, he now teaches promotional exam preparation for two different study groups and has been an active instructor for police academies for over 20 years, teaching everything from law to defensive tactics; and

WHEREAS Chief Troy Oswald’s career in Paterson has had him work in many divisions, most of them aggressive and high profile, he has worked in Patrol, Task Force, Bicycle Unit, Warrant Squad, Neighborhood Stabilization Unit, Street Crimes Unit, Internal Affairs and Narcotics, and he is presently the Deputy Chief, Officer in Charge of the Paterson Police Department; and

WHEREAS Chief Troy Oswald has received numerous awards for his actions as a Police Officer; and

WHEREAS Chief Troy Oswald began playing the bagpipes for the Essex County Emerald Society in 1992, where he became the Pipe Sergeant; and

WHEREAS Chief Troy Oswald began the Passaic County Emerald Society Bagpipe Band on March 17, 1998 which he ran as a Pipe Major for the next six years playing numerous Passaic County functions; and

WHEREAS Chief Troy Oswald has been married for 20 years to Elen and they have a son, Shane; and

WHEREAS Chief Troy Oswald is a unique and most respected colleague, associate and friend of many persons within the County of Passaic, and he has brought honor and prestige not only to himself but to Passaic County as well, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to him;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that it hereby publicly recognizes Chief Troy Oswald as “IRISH MAN OF THE YEAR” for the significant contributions he has made, and the exemplary service he has unselfishly devoted to the County of Passaic; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board extends its sincere best wishes to him for continued success.

 

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