Four borough police officers were given promotions and sworn in to their new roles last week in front of a packed audience in the Borough Council chambers.
The four officers promoted were Capt. William Wicker, who moved up from detective sergeant, and Sgt. John Campbell, Sgt. Derek Kahill and Detectuve Marc Fedorchak, who were all promoted from patrolman.
Police Commissioner and Councilman Edward Pfleging introduced each officer by listing some of their career highlights for the audience to hear before they were sworn in by Mayor Joseph Murray.
"As police commissioner in the borough of Oradell, I am very proud of all the officers being promoted and everybody should know and we will know these promotions are well-deserved," said Pfleging.
Capt. William Wicker
Capt. Wicker joined the Oradell Police Department in November 1995 after graduating from the Bergen County Police Academy.
Wicker saved a young man's life on Christmas Eve 1998 when he discovered him sitting in a parked vehicle being overcome by carbon monoxide fumes. Wicker was given a life-saving award by the Pascack Valley Police Benevolent Association for his actions.
In December 2004, while working as a detective, Wicker was assigned with another officer to the robbery task force under the supervision of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office to investigate the brutal robbery and beating of an elderly woman in her driveway. After a three-month investigation, two suspects linked with similar robberies in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut were arrested and eventually convicted. They were presented with a Unit Citation award by the prosecutor's office.
Wicker became a detective in June 2004 and moved up to detective sergeant in 2007. Since April, he has been the acting officer in charge of the police department and has been responsible for overseeing and managing the daily operations of the department.
Pfleging noted Wicker was the council's unanimous selection for promotion to captain.
Sgt. John Campbell
Sgt. Campbell became a member of the Oradell Police Department in January 1998 and was assigned to the patrol division after finishing at the Bergen County Police Academy.
Campbell was given a CPR Save award for performing the Heimlich maneuver on a choking victim in 2002. In 2003, Campbell located a missing elderly man from Oradell suffering from Alzheimer's. The man would not have survived the night if he was not found and Campbell was given a Life Saving award for his actions.
Campbell and Officer Michael Bartlett were both given a Childbirth Award in 2006 for delivering a baby boy. Campbell also received a Meritorious Service Award in 2010 for rescuing a man trapped in his vehicle during a Nor'Easter when a tree and power lines fell on the man's vehicle.
From 2002 through 2011, Sgt. Campbell was assigned as the police department's traffic officer. He has also become a child-safety seat installation officer during his career and has served as both the assistant and head Terminal Agency Coordinator.
Sgt. Derek Kahill
Sgt. Kahill came to the Oradell Police Department in January 1998 and graduated from the Bergen County Police Academy in June of that year, at which time he was assigned to patrol.
Shortly after beginning as an officer, Kahill apprehended two burglars who had burglarized a gas station in Dumont and were targeting vehicles in Oradell. For this, Kahill was given an Apprehension Award from Police Benevolent Association 206 for his actions.
In 2002, Kahill secured a donation of money to start the borough's first bicycle patrol unit.
From 2001 until 2013, Kahill served with Oradell's Office of Emergency Management and was a coordinator from May 2006 onwards.
Kahill was accepted into the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Computer Crimes Unit in 2011, where he has assisted with a myriad of search warrants and had public education responsibilities. He also teaches at the police academy, working with new recruits on motor vehicle stops and firearms and has served as Oradell's firearms instructor.
Detective Marc Fedorchak
Detective Fedorchak began his service with the Oradell Police Department in January 1999 and was assigned to the patrol division after graduating from the academy.
While on patrol on Jan. 13, 2003, Fedorchak and Officers Rich Zdanowicz and Michael Bartlett were sent to a reported fire at 1 Kinderkamack Road. There was a fire on the first floor of the building and there were residents on the second floor still inside the burning structure. Fedorchak, Zdanowicz and Bartlett entered the building and rescued all of its occupants. Fedorchak along with his fellow officers were given a Meritorious Service Award by the Pascack Valley Police Benevolent Association and a Life-Saving Award by the Bergen County Chiefs Association.
Fedorchak has also received two CPR Save Awards and one Defibrilator Save Award from the Pascack Valley PBA.
The department's new detective is a certified D.A.R.E. instructor and has taught fifth grade students in the Oradell Public Schools for 15 years. While serving as an officer, Fedorchak earned a master's degree in Human Resource Development from Seton Hall University.
In August 2012, Fedorchak was assigned to the detective bureau and became the department's juvenile officer. He is also the department's liaison to the New Jersey Juvenile Officers Association as well as Oradell's public schools.
By Mark Krulish
Managing Editor |