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A Lasting Tribute


Photo Courtesy: Gail Vachon
Clockwise: Rochelle Park Committeeman Frank Valenzuela; Over 300 people gathered for the 9/11 memorial dedication and tribute; Ann Van Hine, the widow of Firefighter Richard “Bruce” Van Hine thanked the Township for the lasting tribute; Teresa Judge-Crevallo and Ann Vine Hine.

In a moving ceremony last night, Rochelle Park commemorated 9/11 by unveiling a monument featuring a piece of steel from the World Trade Center .  The monument, which is located outside Midland School, is emblazoned with the names of two township residents who lost their lives in the terror attacks 12 years ago – Richard “Bruce” Van Hine and the Rev. Mychal Judge.

The widow of  Van Hine, a firefighter stationed in the Bronx, spoke fondly of her memories of dating her husband while he lived in Rochelle Park and thanked the township for the lasting tribute. She also participated in the lighting ceremony on the monument. More than 300 people attended the commemoration which featured performances by the Blue Chip Chorus, American Legion Post 170 Rifle Squad, Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County and the Midland School Band and Chorus.

“Tonight we introduce a beautiful new monument to this park – a beautiful monument to remember a horrific day and in particular, two people with Rochelle Park ties,” Mayor Joseph Scarpa told the crowd.

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