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Retired FDNY smoke eater Michael O’Connell receives two helmets for the one he lost

Sheila Anne Feeney, AMNY Retired firefighter Michael O’Connell’s social media campaign to retrieve his stolen FDNY helmet has gotten him the next best thing — two replicas thanks to some good Samaritans. “There are still amazing people in this world!,” O’Connell said. O’Connell, 39, recently turned to Facebook to track down the significant memento that […]

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Son of Fallen PAPD Officer John Mark Cortazzo Wins Award

Darren Cooper The Record His football coach calls him “Lazarus.” Anthony Cortazzo’s heart once stopped beating during track practice. He had no pulse. He already had lost his father, a 9/11 first responder, before he reached high school. His story may not be biblical, but those close to Cortazzo, such as coach Brooks Alexander, know […]

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Father Mychal Judge statue unveiled in East Rutherford

Kelly Nicholaides South Bergenite The statue is larger than life, and befitting the legacy of Father Mychal Judge — the Franciscan Friar who left a trail of acts of kindness and courage and oversaw the spiritual needs of generations in East Rutherford and beyond. East Rutherford elected officials unveiled the $40,000 bronze statue which is […]

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