Dedicated to Service from January 3, 1951 to
October 1, 1993
A Message From
Retiring Chief Baker
I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for your kindness in
attending this evenings retirement dinner in my honor. This occasion brings together
my family, friends, and co-workers in what I am certain will be an emotional event.
I have very fond memories of my
years as a policeman and was very proud to serve my community. Though I always considered
myself a person with "old-fashioned" values, I continually tried to be
innovative in making our department as efficient as possible. I was very fortunate that my
ideas to improve the department were always warmly received by the Mayors, Councils, and
Borough Clerks with whom I served. Without this teamwork the advancements of our
department would not have been possible.
I always had a strong commitment
to pride, honor, and self-achievement. I would encourage all policemen that come after me
to be dedicated in ways to insure the highest efficiency of their departments. Times have
changed and gotten more dangerous over the years and the need for competence and
dedication has never been greater. I was fortunate that in my 42 years I only fired my gun
once while on duty and that was to kill a wild fox (a topic that I am sure will
surface with tonights "roasters"!). A solid police department will insure
the continued safety and family lifestyles of our local citizens in the future.
In addition to my work as a
police officer, I was always committed to volunteering my time and knowledge. America is a
great nation that is in need of volunteers. I would encourage all of you to find the time
to volunteer in an area that you find interesting. There is a greatly satisfying inner
feeling in knowing that you have helped others with your own time.
In closing, I wish you all well.
The time has come for me to start enjoying the grandkids and the outdoors. I truly believe
that I have given the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights my best and I wish our community the
best in the future. It has been a great pleasure to have such a loving family a
great pleasure to have so many good friends and a great pleasure to have had such
conscientious co-workers over the years. I greatly appreciate this dinner and I know that
I will never forget this evening.
May God bless you all,
Retirement Dinner was held at the VFW Post 4591
Saturday, September 25, 1993
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