Today’s #BlueFriday honorees are the 17 brave young men and women from the graduating class of the Essex County Police Academy.
They started their careers as Corrections Officers on Friday morning at 6am. So of course they couldn’t listen to the show and I suspect they’ll be exhausted from Day One and may not catch Chasing News tonight. If they were able to tune in they’d hear just how much we appreciate the courage and sacrifice made by the men and women who get up every morning and put on a uniform.
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to have a down to earth, not PC, honest conversation with some young men from Winslow Twp. NJ. Their actions inspired our latest honoree for #BlueFriday. I asked them questions that you don’t often hear during an exchange between the media and activists. Especially when one is white and the other is black. The answers from these courageous, intelligent and thoughtful men may surprise you. Happy I’m able to continue the dialogue with Andre and Nigel. And yes, this is another example of life truly being about “the small stuff”.
Today’s #BlueFriday honoree is the Director of Public Safety in Newark, Anthony Ambrose. Leading a police force in any major city is a huge undertaking. In a dangerous city like Newark it’s especially trying. Decades of failed leadership and increasing crime have hurt local residents. I’ve often talked about solutions that go back to successful models of city policing from the past couple decades. Looks like the team in Newark are starting to make some headway.
Last week I had the honor of speaking to a group of Police Officers and Firefighters for the ‘Union County 200 Club’ annual awards luncheon. Invited by Somerville Mayor Brian Gallagher, I spoke mainly about the meaning of valor, courage and sacrifice. When a former Olympic champion gets an award for ‘Courage’ based on making a decision to reject his birth gender and go through numerous alterations in order to ‘become a woman’, the very meaning of the word is lost.
I was honored for honoring cops: #BlueFriday
I want to build a different narrative about police officers than the one often we often see in the media, which is why I created #BlueFriday. I dedicated every Friday to celebrating New Jersey police officers as my New Year’ resolution.
And last night, I was humbled and honored to be recognized for that effort. The Local Fraternal Order of Police South Jersey Lodge No. 56 presented me with a certificate “in recognition of your courage to speak out in support of law enforcement throughout New Jersey and beyond.”
Today we took the time to honor the three Clifton NJ police officers who risked their own lives to save four motorists involved in a single car crash from a car engulfed in flames. The officers, Owen Curry, Jermaine Burgess and Frank Castro joined me on the radio this morning to discuss what happened. I even received a call later in the morning from Officer Curry’s mother-in-law who called to thank us for honoring the officers and for hosting #BlueFriday every week.
This morning as we do every Friday on New Jersey 101.5 and on Chasing News. we honored a member of New Jersey’s law enforcement community. Today’s honoree is Sgt. Greg Bogert who has been serving as a member of the Riverdale Police Department for the past 18 years. Responding to a call for a possible suicide attempt on a bridge on Route 287, he acted so quickly going on instinct that he was able to stop the man from jumping. The video speaks for itself.
K9 officer Achilles, along with Lt. Zsakhiem James and his handler Sgt. Allen Williams visited me at NJ101.5 on Friday to be our #BlueFriday honorees.
K9 officers like Achilles bridge the gap between the community and their handlers. Canine officers specifically help fight crimes and go places police officers can’t. Lieutenant Zsakhiem James recounted a story where his beloved fallen K9 officer Zero saved the day by stopping a criminal in an attic space who stabbed someone. You can hear the full story below.
Earlier today I had the opportunity to interview a local actor, Joe Halsey, about a short film he produced and directed which will premier at the Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City next Friday. Joe’s a Jersey actor who’s played the role of cops and drug dealers on shows like Law and Order, Guiding Light and One Life to Live. His current film debuting next Friday is about an issue that is personal to him, physician assisted suicide.