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Suffern Police Department Saves First Police Chief's Badge From 1896

The first Suffern Police Chief's badge from 1896 The first Suffern Police Chief's badge from 1896
The first Suffern Police Chief's badge from 1896 Photo Credit: Suffern Police Dept. Facebook page
The current Suffern Police Chief's badge The current Suffern Police Chief's badge
The current Suffern Police Chief's badge Photo Credit: Suffern Police Dept. Facebook page

SUFFERN, N.Y. -- The Suffern Police Department has posted a photo of the first Suffern Police Chief's badge from 1896, alongside its most current one, which it has kept in its possession.

Following is a list of Suffern Police Chiefs from 1896 to the present.

  • 1896: William N. Smith
  • 1909: David G. Wood
  • 1910: William N.Smith
  • 1912: John Lidster
  • 1914: Arthur R. Schultz
  • 1917: John R. Hunter
  • 1923: Charles L. Lunney
  • 1931: William J. Thornhill (killed in the line of duty)
  • 1933: William Whalen
  • 1934: Joseph A. Vilord
  • 1965: Howard Pearce
  • 1971: Richard H. Hasbrouck
  • 1983: John E. Morris
  • 1989: James E. Flament (acting chief)
  • 1990: Leo J. Costa (acting chief)
  • 1992: Frank Finch
  • 2005: Clarke Osborn

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