CLAPOUT: One thing the coronavirus can’t prevent is the clap-out for retiring police veterans like the one held Friday for Rochelle Park Chief Robert Flannelly and his brother, Capt. William Flannelly.
Fellow department members, other emergency responders, current and retired chiefs from other towns and borough well wishers wore masks and social distanced during a rousing sendoff outside headquarters for the brothers, who have a combined 80 years of police experience between them.
Incoming Police Chief Dean Pinto had plaques made and Blue Line watches customized for the occasion.
The local Knights of Columbus even did a "support law enforcement" drive-by salute.
Robert “Bobby” Flannelly served Rochelle Park for 39 years after two in Little Ferry. William "Billy" Flannelly served Rochelle Park for 36 years after 3 in Hackensack.
New Rochelle Park Police Chief Dean Pinto officially takes office on Saturday.
ALSO SEE: Two out-of-state thieves who illegally collected nearly $55,000 by purchasing 61 money orders at post offices throughout New Jersey in a single day were thwarted by newly-appointed Rochelle Park Police Chief Dean Pinto, authorities said.
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