RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jack Boylan leaped onto the chair Friday morning and looked out the window of his Rutherford home.
"They're here," the excited 8-year-old said.
Boylan answered the door with his mom, Patricia.
"Good morning, chief," said Rutherford Police Chief John Russo."Are you ready to go to work?"
Boylan, who has Down syndrome, was one of 26 Bergen County youngsters invited by their local police departments to be honorary "top cops" in their towns, during the 6th annual "Chief For a Day" event.
"If we can brighten a part of these kids' lives and make them feel good and important, it is a beautiful thing," said Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino, who created the event in order to give children with chronic health conditions a behind-the-scenes look at law enforcement.
Jack's special day began at Rutherford police headquarters, where he got to sit in the driver's seat of a police truck and play with the sirens and horns.
Then he took his seat beside Russo in the chief's office and conferred with his officers.
"Are you going to keep us safe today?" Lt. Sean Farrell asked him.
Jack gave him thumbs-up.
Russo later brought him to the Council chambers for his swearing in.
Jack rode shotgun with Russo over to Pierrepont Elementary School to say hello to his brother, Mike, and sister, Brighid.
His plan was to arrest them, but he decided to let them off with a hug.
Jack's next stop was the high school to visit his older sister, Aileen -- but on the way over he caught Sgt. Mike Garner throwing trash out of his car window.
"Pull over," Jack barked through the intercom of the chief's cruiser.
Garner picked up the trash and apologized.
Moments later, students poured from their classrooms to greet Jack. Many knew him from Top Dawgs, a soccer program for disabled kids.
Finally, both chiefs and Jack's family went to the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack to meet with their colleagues from dozens of other towns. A motorcade took the chiefs big and small to the Venetian in Garfield for a massive pasta luncheon.
"It is really an honor that they chose Jack to be part of this," Patricia Boylan told Daily Voice. "I don't think this is a day he will soon forget."
Friday's "Chief For A Day" participants:
- Bergen County Sheriff's Office — Justin Pagan
- Bergen County Prosecutor's Office — Mason Kidd
- Bergenfield Police Department — Gisselle Nunez
- Carlstadt Police Department — Isaiah O'Leary
- East Rutherford Police Department — Vanessa Uribe-Garcia
- Elmwood Park Police Department — Gavon Cheski
- Emerson Police Department — Hugh Hennessey
- Englewood Cliffs Police Department — Jun Chul Shin
- Fair Lawn Police Department — David Hickey
- Fairview Police Department — Diego Estrada
- Fort Lee Police Department — Briana Lopez
- Garfield Police Department — Humberto Portal
- Hasbrouck Heights Police Department — Jack Oettinger
- Haworth Police Department — Brennon McGoldrick
- Montvale Police Department — Eva Martinez
- Moonachie Police Department — Jacob Inoue
- North Arlington Police Department — Dante Basciano
- Paramus Police Department — Neha Kurian
- Park Ridge Police Department — Alexander Hermann
- Rutherford Police Department — Jack Boylan
- Saddle Brook Police Department — Samantha Maniscalco
- Teaneck Police Department — Everette Negrin
- Upper Saddle River Police Department — Brian Derek Baron
- Wallington Police Department — Amelia Rowniewski
- Westwood Police Department — Tyler Gehringer
- Woodcliff Lake Police Department — Jack Albanese
Check out photos from the day, above.
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